Community food bank expands summer meal program into fall

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) – The Community Food Bank has fed hundreds of children in our area over the summer through its summer lunch program, and hopes to keep the same energy going this school year.

The food bank served more than 35,000 meals, providing free lunches and snacks to children 18 and under.

Now the food bank wants to make sure kids eat even when they’re not in school this fall.

The community food bank’s acting executive director, Nicole Williams, said this was extremely important because some children do not have access to regular meals outside of school.

The after-school meal program is part of the food bank’s Kids Café, which partners with schools to ensure students have something to eat when they return home for the day.

The food bank also offers family market programs in 19 schools in five central Alabama counties, providing food boxes to families with enough food to last at least a week.

According to the USDA, the cost of food is rising, so the food bank is standing aside for those struggling to make ends meet.

“We’re all struggling with inflation and gas prices, which hurt your wallet when you’re at the grocery store. It’s also difficult when there aren’t enough dollars to buy healthy, nutritious food, and so it’s so important for families. We work with so many families whose parents are employed, they have a few kids and just at the end of the month it’s pretty hard to make ends meet and those are the people we’re here for,” Williams said. .

We all need a little help sometimes, and the food bank makes it easy by clicking the “Find Food” button on their website.

The after school meal program starts in October.

And if you’re an agency looking to help distribute food for the program, an application is open right now, but the deadline to apply is August 26.

To find the app, and for more information about the food bank, visit: https://feedingal.org.

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