Free Lunch for Area Kids

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PHENIX CITY, AL (WTVM) - A local organization is making sure area kids get a lunch every day this summer, at no charge to them. The Higher Power Outreach Church is making a difference.

Food service manager with the group, Annie Tarver told News Leader Nine, "We found out the Board of Education would not be feeding this year so we decided to step in and feed the kids in the community."

The organization is using grant money from the Alabama Nutrition Program to bring free lunches to camp attendees.

"This is an outstanding program that Pastor Robinson and his staff have done where they agreed to feed all our members at both sites for the entire summer," said Twanda Christian, the Director of Operations at the Phenix City/Russell County Boys and Girls Club.

Volunteers bring sack lunches with sandwiches, chips and a drink to feed between 200 and 350 Russell County kids.

"Most kids will enjoy this lunch because some kids don't get a chance to get a lunch. This means something to them to know when they come to the program, they get a nice, nutritional lunch that will carry them throughout the day," said Tarver.

Matthew Burrels attends camp and is appreciative of the free meal, "The economy is bad, and food prices are high so it's good for the parents."

Not only do the children get a free meal to carry them through the day, but they know that the community cares about them.

"It means Phenix City is concerned about the youth. They're willing to step up and take a stand and feed the children and help the parents help us too," added Christian.

The free meals started Wednesday at the Boys and Girls Club of Phenix City-Russell County. Next week Higher Power Outreach will start providing lunches for the TEARS program and at Westview.