82% of Phenix City school students come from food insecure homes. This mean they might not know where there next meal will come from. Phenix City's Backpack Buddies program is trying to keep children fed after school lets out for the week.
Phenix City's Backpack Buddies has only been around a year but they have already provided more than 100 students a week free supplementary meals on the weekends. Local churches, Food4Kids Alabama, and Feeding the Valley Food Bank have come together to raise funds to feed even more kids this school year.
Babbs Douglas at Feed the Valley Food bank says these children come from families that may be similar to yours.
"Families may not have access to enough funds to provide proper nutrition. They may have to determine, well I'm going to pay the utility bill we won't be able to get enough groceries to get us through the week," says Douglas.
Local churches put together food filled backpacks each week to give to children in need. Brindlea Griffin, Phenix City Child Nutrition Director, says keeping children fed over the weekends can change their behavior during the school day.
"Students were absent less, had less behavior problems, their attention span was better in the classrooms because they have gotten food over the weekend," says Griffin.
Phenix City elementary schools partnered with four different churches last year and are hoping to add more civic groups and church organizations in the upcoming school year. Food4Kids Alabama is one of those new organizations that is raising funds for the program. Its founder, Jack Dudley, says all of the money goes directly to feed kids in need.
"What they're donating is actually going to go to help feed these hungry kids and it's going to help the community," says Dudley. Dr. Griffin thanks the community for their support of the program.
"The community effort of Phenix City to wrap their hands, their arms around the children of Phenix City to love them and nurture them after hours is what you want in a school system," says Griffin.
A donation of $120.00 will help feed a child for the entire school year. That's only $3.00 a week to keep a Phenix city elementary student fed over the weekends.
To donate you can send a check made payable to Feeding the Valley to:
c/o Jack Dudley, Alabama Founder
P.O. Box 1088 Phenix City, Al 36868
All donations are appreciated and are tax-deductible to the extent allowed by the law.
You can also email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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