Up until one week ago, many children relied on school meals for nutrition. Now, a new program will make sure they do not go to bed hungry.
Alabama received federal funds for a Fall Feeding Program. It provides free snacks and dinner to school-aged children.
Mount Olive Christian Church sponsors the program. Pastor Debra Beyah said, for some children, this is their only option for supper.
“For some of them, their parents are working and, for some of them, they're just low income and they just really can't afford it. You know, for different children, there are different reasons,” said Beyah.
There are seven sites participating in the program. It will last all school year so organizers are hoping to expand to more places that are eligible for the free meals.
“One of the requirements is that they help them with their homework and they give them some sort of social activity,” explained Beyah.
Children 18 and under will not be turned away if they are hungry. However, they also cannot dine-in, then dash-out.
Beyah said, “If they come in off the streets and they're hungry and they want to eat, we're not going to turn them away. We're just going to help them with their homework, and whatever activity that we're offering, we're going to give them that also.”
The feeding program will benefit parents too, now that their children will come home full and happy.
If you are interested in working for the program or wish to volunteer, pick up an application at Mount Olive Christian Church located at 701 S. Appletree Street in Dothan.