The Baldwin County School District announced today the beginning of evening meal service for students participating in the district’s after-school programs beginning Monday, Nov. 4th.
“Hunger is a barrier to our students’ overall success and this new dinner program will help us to remove it,” said Superintendent Dr. Noris Price. “Access to nutritious meals is a major obstacle for many of our families, and this is another way that we are doing all that we can to ensure that our students have the nutrition they need to learn and thrive.”
Funded by a federal grant from the Child and Adult Care Food Program, the evening meal service will be available to approximately 700 students taking part in after-school programs at the elementary, middle, and high school levels throughout the district, with service running Monday through Thursday. The students will receive hot meals prepared by the school nutrition staff at Oak Hill Middle School, and then the meals will be delivered by truck to the various schools as needed, similar to what the district has done successfully with the summer meals program.
“Currently, all of our after-school students receive a light snack each day as part of the after-school program, but for many of our students, it’s just not enough,” said School Nutrition Director Susan Nelson. “This evening meal service, combined with other things like our summer meals program, shows that we are doing everything we can to tackle the problem of childhood hunger here in our community.”
The district intends to use the after-school based evening meal service as a first step toward the possibility of expanding evening meal service to all students in our school district, along with partner organizations whose missions fall inside the federal guidelines governing who may receive the meal service.