Collaborative effort delivers 5,865 meals and counting to hungry students

Under the direction of School Superintendent Mark Earnest, school nutrition program director Ivey McLendon and David Williams of the Seminole County Ministerial Association, 5,865 free Grab and Go meals were distributed to students in the effort’s first five days of distribution at eleven locations throughout the county. The feed the students campaign began on Wednesday, March 18.

The first four days of distribution  the Grab and Go bags consisted of a sandwich, chips, vegetable, milk, juice, fresh fruit, and a breakfast item. On Tuesday, March 24, the bags consisted of a five-day supply of breakfast and lunch meals that included  three cold sandwiches, a jar of peanut butter donated by Birdsong Peanut, fresh bread slices, jelly,  fresh vegetables, chips, breakfast items, fresh fruit, milk, and juice.

 “We packaged these items in bags donated from the Piggly Wiggly and this distribution effort would not have been possible  without the help of our wonderful volunteers and representatives of local churches in the community,” commented McLendon.

Grab and Go bags containing  a four-day supply of food will be distributed on Tuesday, March 31st. After that date no distribution is planned for the week of April 5-11, the scheduled Spring Break week for the school system. 

McLendon said plans for continued food distribution after Spring Break week are in development.

The eleven distribution sites of the meals, available for all school students ages zero to 18, remain the same. 

Meals may be picked up via a drive through service at Seminole County Elementary School from 11 a.m.- until 12:30 p.m. and the meals may be picked up at the following locations from 10:30 a.m. until 11:30 a.m.: First Baptist Church, located at 409 Woolfork Avenue in Donalsonville; Iron City Baptist Church,  located at 186 Williams Street, NE in Iron City; Live Oak AME Church, located at 402 Baldwin Street in Donalsonville; Macedonia Missionary Baptist Church, located at 221 N. Dowling Avenue in Donalsonville; New Vision Christian Center, located at 708 S Wiley Ave, Donalsonville; Oakview Church of God, located at 3595 Oakview Church Post Rd, Rocky Ridge Baptist Church, located at 1288 GA Highway 39; Saint John’s AME Church, located at 5906 Saint Matthew/Saint John Church Road; Spring Creek Baptist, located at 2635 GA Highway 253 at Lake Seminole; and at Trinity United Methodist, located at 5996 Hebrew Highway.

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