Ozark Leisure Services supplying meals to students

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OZARK, Ala. (WTVY) -- Ozark Leisure Services is doing their part to ensure no child goes hungry while schools are out.

Leisure service workers packing lunches

The city of Ozark has brought up their summer lunch program for children while they remain out of school.

This is to help relieve families who are struggling during the COVID-19 pandemic.

They have served over 600 meals between Monday and Tuesday, but they don't want to stop there.

"We're hoping that the numbers do go up some so that way we can feed a little more people and children that are here in the community," Audrey Center Facility Manager Ayanna Williams said.

The Ozark City School system has donated left over food to leisure services to prevent it from going to waste.

"You'd be surprised how many don't actually have any food to eat during the time out of school,” Williams added. “A lot of them get meals when they're at school so breakfast and lunch – that's when they eat, so it's really important to make sure that they are fed during this time.”

The process to get a meal is quite simple.

"They just have to drive through on the side of the senior center under the canopy and they let us know how many kids that they have and we pass them the bags and they're good to go," Williams continued.

Denise Thompson brings several of those lunches to her neighborhood for some of the children whom cannot get them at the senior center.

"When they see me coming they be yelling ‘Miss Rita, Miss Rita what you got for us today,’ and so I say 'I got y'all a lunch come on and get your bags,'" Thompson said.

You can get those meals is from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. every weekday at the Ozark Senior Center on 390 Carroll Avenue.