By Ashley Rader
Hundreds of children will receive nutritious meals this summer, thanks to the Summer Food Program by the Abortion Alternatives and Women’s Center.
The Summer Food Program begins Monday, when three vehicles from the AAWC make stops throughout Carter County to deliver nutritious foods to children whose families need assistance providing meals during the summer. The program ends on Friday, Aug. 2.
To provide the meals to more than 300 children each Monday through Friday, the AAWC partners with Assistance Resource Ministry and a number of local churches.
AAWC Director Angie Odom said the program served between 300 and 350 children daily last year. She expects the number to remain around the same, if it does not continue to increase as it has in previous years.
“It is not a problem and I am not going to worry about it because God will provide for our needs,” she said. “All children are welcome to come.”
During the meal delivery, volunteers will take meal bags including a sandwich, a hot meal and a breakfast food item. On Fridays, an additional canned-food item is included to provide lunch on Saturday. The AAWC will make the deliveries in the center’s RV, van or Jeep with an AAWC logo on the side.
The RV will make daily stops Monday through Friday at Arney Hill at 4 p.m.; South Hills Estates at 4:30 p.m. and West G Street apartments at 5 p.m. The Jeep will make deliveries at Lynnwood/Lynnridge apartments at 4:15 p.m. and Lovers Lane mobile home park at 4:50 p.m. The van will make deliveries at the rock quarry in Watauga at 4:20 p.m.
A group of volunteers will also make stops at Swimming Pool Road mobile home park at 4:30 p.m.; Jena Beth Drive at 4:40 p.m. and Nave Street at 4:50 p.m. Odom noted the times were approximate depending on how many children were served at each site.
AAWC will also provide on-site meals for adults and children at the TLC Community Center at 145 Don Lewis Road in Stoney Creek. Odom said the on-site meals are for both adults and children, while the delivered meals are for children only.