Fighting Back: Feeding children during the summer break
MOBILE, Ala. (WPMI) —
During the summer months while school is out a lot of kids don't have enough to eat.
13,000,000 children in fact, according to statistics, in this country go without an adequate meal when school is out, because there's no food at home.
And that, in many cases, leads to an increase in youth crime: kids stealing for money and food.
The city of Mobile has teamed up with Feeding the Gulf Coast this summer to make sure no child is hungry.
On any given day here at the Figures Community Center you'll find 100+ kids running around, playing, and participating in summer activities.
This summer, it's just the same but with a new addition: a hot meal.
Samone King has been coming to the community center and the summer camps since she was in first grade.
She says adding lunch onto their daily schedule has helped a lot of her friends.
Occuping their minds, Katrina Frazier says, is the key to keeping kids out of trouble and off the streets during their down time in the summer months.
She says through the help of a grant, the rec centers are going beyond feeding the kids their teaching them life long healthy habits.
Feeding the Gulf Coast brings in the food for the rec centers.
They say its their way of doing their part to make sure Mobile doesn't have any hungry kids, and it's helping the community mold stronger, more productive kids through activity involvement.