Summer Food Programs Help Students in the Wiregrass

By: Deanna Bettineschi Email
By: Deanna Bettineschi Email

One of Shirley Henderson’s passions is helping feed wiregrass families.

“We want people to get some food and be helped.” Wiregrass Area Food Bank Employee Shirley Henderson said.

She's doing that through the wiregrass area food bank.
And summer seems to be one of the most critical times to get food for children.
Students who get free or reduced meals at school, may now have a tougher time getting fed.

“These parents have not had to pay for a whole nine months and now they have to pay for food and also for breakfast. So how are we going to help? It’s going to be the agencies we have in the wiregrass are going to pick it up and help feed the people." Henderson said.

Pastor Debra Beyah and her church, Mount Olive Christian fellowship, are partnered with the u-s-d-a to provide meals for these children.

“We feed them breakfast and we feed them lunch. This is our third year doing this.” Pastor Debra Beyah said.

Just last year Pastor Beyah and her staff fed 80 children just at one location...this year they have 7 locations to handle starting on June fourth.

Even Dothan High School students are trying to raise money for the hungry.

“Dothan high 4h club had a peanut butter drive, and we went to A-B-C and D lunches and we collected money for the peanut butter.” Barry Barfield said.

The high schoolers took those donations to the food bank... Where workers turn around and distribute items to the churches that need food to feed children.

We have to feed all the children, anybody can come.

All you have to do, is show up.

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