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Free lunch for kids this summer

MOBILE, AL (WALA) - Hunger affects families in both Mobile and Baldwin Counties. In fact one in six Americans faces hunger.

Mobile County lunch program


To prevent hunger from happening, summer lunch programs are being offered to kids free of charge. Thanks to a federal grant, normal lunch service will be given to any child 18 years and younger free of charge even if they aren't enrolled in Mobile County Public School Summer Programs.

“The summer food service program is a USDA program that we're able to feed children through the summer. It's to be able to bridge the gap between school years so that way a child doesn't have to go without having a lunch,” said Mobile County Public School System Food Service Director, Suzanne Yates.

Yates said about 55 % of MCPSS students use some type of federal assistance system for their next meal. Last year, Yates said Mobile County served more than 98,000 meals in about an eight week period.

“It's quite a few, about 10,000-12,000 meals a week we were serving,” Yates explained.  

Yates said the program is running smoothly so far this year. She said there are four buses that make about 21 stops throughout the county.

On the bus, coolers and hot boxes keep the food fresh at at the appropriate temperature.

Bus driver Carla McMillian said she served kids last summer and it's a job she thoroughly enjoys.

“It's a blessing because you can just see the faces on the kids coming to receive the lunch and it makes us real happy because we're preparing a hot meal for them Monday through Thursday and that brings joy to my heart,” McMillian said.

The program kicked off Monday, June 8 and continues until July 23.  Meals are served Monday through Thursday (no meals July 2).

If you're an adult and want a meal as well, it's three dollars and twenty-five cents.

For a full list of lunch sites in Mobile County click here

Baldwin County lunch program


A free summer lunch program is also underway in Baldwin County. Children 18 years old and under can get a free lunch at Foley High School's cafeteria. Monday-Thursday 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. It will go on until the end of July and there's no registration required.


Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermen's Market


Children can also get a free lunch at Coastal Alabama Farmers and Fishermen's Market on Miflin Road in Foley. Lunches include a sandwich or wrap, fresh fruit and vegetable, along with a cookie and milk. Students have to eat onsite but they can take one item with them. Lunches there will be served from 11:00 am-1:00 pm Tuesday-Thursday until the end of July.

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