Local summer program feeds kids in South Georgia

| July 29, 2016

By Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News

LOWNDES Co. – In South Georgia, 1-in-3 children don’t know where their next meal will come from, according to the non-profit Feeding America.

During the Summer months, it can be especially challenging for students who don’t get the meals normally provided by their school.

However, local non-profits Our Daily Bread and Play-On Foundation is trying to change that.

They say now, kids watch their next meal roll up on four wheels.

“They love to see us pull up,” says Gregory Williams, founder of the Play-On Foundation. “They’re willing to help.They want us here everyday, so we want to be able to meet their demands and needs by doing our part.”

Every Summer, kids say they look for the volunteers, like Williams.

“We want to ensure the parents that they don’t need to worry about the food. We’re going to feed your kids’ and make sure they go back to school prepared.”

“As a parent, that’s a true concern because we have a lot of working parents out there and it’s hard, but we want to make sure we can be that back up for that parent,” says Tawanna Douglas.

 Douglas has been a volunteer with the program for the last four years.

She says, “To watch the kids come up and say good morning with a smile and to see them smile, enjoy it, and have a conversation with the other children is a beautiful thing.”

Monday through Friday, the food is dropped off at 150 locations, like Brittany Woods Apartments.

“We want to get them involved all the time doing something,” says Jerry Day, an administrator for Our Daily Bread. “That keeps them out of trouble, that keeps them from doing the wrong thing, or straying the wrong way by starting them off early with something all year long.”

They say it’s a gift that feeds the needs and the minds of children in the community.

 

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