The No Kid Hungry national campaign announced $422,500 in grants for 12 Alabama school districts to support school meal programs during the spring semester.
“School meals are available to students across Alabama no matter if they are learning remotely or participating in a hybrid model,” said Eleni Towns, associate director for the No Kid Hungry campaign, in a statement Monday. “No child should have to struggle with an empty stomach or stress about when they will eat again. These grants will help us reach more kids with the food they need to grow up healthy, educated and strong.”
The Alabama school systems receiving grants include:
- Thomasville City Schools
- Escambia County School System
- Florence City Board of Education
- Geneva County Board of Education
- Winfield City Schools
- Clarke County Board of Education
- Cleburne County Schools
- Haleyville City Schools
- Coosa County School District
- Choctaw County Board of Education
- Montgomery Public Schools
- Marshall County School System
No Kid Hungry praised nutrition staff in schools throughout the state, but encourage families to reach out to their school systems to inquire about schools meals for students.
“They have been at the front lines of this pandemic, working creatively and diligently to reach all of their students by offering curb-side pickup meals, delivering meals to bus stops or community centers, collaborating with community groups to offer additional family food boxes, and more,” the statement reads. “Yet, many kids are missing out on school meals. Families are encouraged to reach out to their school system to inquire about how school meals could support them students.”
Families can text FOOD or COMIDA to 877-877 to learn more about meal sites available near them.
No Kid Hungry was formed by the Share Our Strength nonprofit, a 501(c)(3) created in 1984 to address childhood hunger throughout the United States.