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FILE - In this Thursday, May 4, 2017 file photo, a third-grader punches in her student identification to pay for a meal at Gonzales Community School in Santa Fe, N.M. The Trump administration is proposing a rollback of nutrition guidelines for federal school meals programs that had been promoted by Michelle Obama as part of her campaign to combat child obesity. (AP Photo/Morgan Lee, file)

FILE – A third grader punches in her student identification to pay for a meal at Gonzales Community School in Santa Fe, N.M. 

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UPDATED 10:43 AM PT – Thursday, October 14, 2021

A food supply shortage in Alabama has resulted in schools asking more from the parents. Officials for schools in Alexander City said suppliers are short on products, drivers and warehouse employees. They are now having to ask parents to send their kids to school on a full stomach with snacks.

Alexander City schools serve breakfast and lunch daily, but warned the shortage could impact breakfast for the students in the coming weeks. Additionally, students who attend Dothan City schools heavily rely on school provided meals, so they have partnered up with Dothan Leisure Services by creating the ‘No Kid Hungry’ grant, which would provide backpack meals to students.

“This area has a high population of free and reduced meal recipients, so the need to ensure that they do get meals when schools are closed is what brought this grant about,” explained Stephanie Wingfield, program coordinator. “Kids can’t do a whole lot when they’re hungry. When they have food, then they can go out and do other things, but it’s kinda hard to be hungry and to concentrate.”

The program will allow Dothan Leisure Services to give meals to other schools and some will be providing meals for students on Thanksgiving and during Christmas break.

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