Summer Meals Program provides free meals for kids in Jefferson County—here’s how to participate

Community Food Bank of Central Alabama
The Summer Meals Program is helping out our beloved city. (Community Food Bank of Central Alabama / Facebook)

School and the sun are out! However, no school isn’t always great news. In fact, it means students who usually receive school-provided meals are struggling to find something to replace the free meals. This summer, the Community Food Bank of Central Alabama’s Summer Meals Program is feeding Jefferson County students in need. Keep reading to learn how to participate.

How to participate in the Summer Meals Program

Summer Meals Program
Not all heroes wear capes. (Community Food Bank of Central Alabama / Facebook)

Are you a kid under 18 or know of a kid that needs free, healthy meals this summer? The Community Food Bank of Central Alabama (CFB) has three locations this summer ready to help out our community five days every week this summer.

1. Fellowship Bible Church Seeds of Greatness Summer Camp

2. Titusville Public Library

3. United Community Center

Are you interested in volunteering? The CFB always needs more helping hands. Here are ways you can join the team:

  • Be a volunteer at a mobile pantry
  • Help out in the garden
  • Host a food or fund drive
  • Volunteer in the warehouse

Head on over to the nonprofit’s website to register as an individual or group to help out our community.

Why is this program important?

Community Food Bank of Central Alabama
We’re grateful for Bham giving a helping hand. (Community Food Bank of Central Alabama / Facebook)

Food insecurity is a big problem our county faces. In fact, according to the CFB, one in four kids is facing food insecurity in Jefferson County, which equals over 33,000 kids. The CFB is planning to serve almost 800 children every day this summer. That amounts to 20,000 lunches and snacks!

“Summer can be a tough time for many families with school not in session to provide lunches for children. At the Food Bank, our goal is to serve as many children as we can during the summer and provide them the nutrition that they need.” 

Nicole Williams, Interim Executive Director, Community Food Bank of Central Alabama.

Summer should be a time of fun and relaxing. This Summer Meals Program is one way The Magic City can help relieve some of the stress for those in need.

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