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.”
This National School Lunch Week, we recognize #hungerheroes who are behind the scenes, making decisions to keep students healthy and nourished. Feeding kids today is one of the smartest investments we can make to ensure they’re ready to face the challenges of tomorrow. #NSLW21 pic.twitter.com/tNsASBpMIH
— No Kid Hungry (@nokidhungry) October 14, 2021
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.