Free meals for kids in Childersburg this summer
by Mark Ledbetter
CHILDERSBURG — Kingdom Authority Ministries is partnering with the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind to provide free meals for eligible children 18 years old and younger as part of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program.

According to the USDA, SFSP was established to ensure that low-income children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. Free meals, which meet federal nutrition guidelines, are provided to all children 18 years old and under at approved SFSP sites in areas with significant concentrations of low-income children.

Donte Little, business manager for Kingdom Authority Ministries, said volunteers received training from the Alabama Department of Education May 15.

Food prepared by AIBD will be provided at the Kingdom Authority facilities at 4610 DeSoto Parkway and at the Sadie Lee Community Center at 115 Sadie Lee Drive, also locally known as Second Street.

Childersburg Housing Authority director Jim Clark said he was encouraged by the ministry’s efforts and believed it will meet the needs of the Childersburg community.

Clark said he was also encouraged that 12 parents attended a meeting announcing the program and believed if the program can be sustained it will be stronger in following summers. He also said the program was a great way to utilize the authority’s facilities.

The meals will be offered as part of Kingdom Authority’s Summer Camp program, which is also free. The camp convenes from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 6 through July 27.

Meals will be served at both locations from 8 to 9 a.m. and again from noon to 1 p.m. Little said children who qualify for free or reduced meals at school generally qualify for the free meals this summer.

The camp will provide special activities that include fishing, swimming, skating, and arts and crafts.

For more information, call 256-378-6700 or 256-781-2191 or visit the Kingdom Authority Ministries website www.kingdomauthorityministries.org.

Contact Mark Ledbetter at mledbetter@dailyhome.com

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