The Mountain Lakes Chamber of Commerce, IMPACT Learning Center and Jackson County Legislative Delegation are sponsoring a special event, Food for Thought, a donation drive on Friday, July 19.

The fundraiser will be held at Walmart in Scottsboro to raise funds for children at risk of weekend hunger in Jackson County. The money raised will be distributed to Scottsboro City Schools and Jackson County Schools who have weekend backpack food programs.

The children receive a bag of food on Friday or the last day before a holiday that is child-friendly, nutritious, non-perishable and easy to eat. This helps ensure that children will have food over the weekend and return to school on Monday ready to learn.

Currently, 900 students receive weekend bags of food. Each bag costs about $4 per week.

In Jackson County, one in four children faces food insecurity. Many go home to empty cupboards for 65 hours until they return to school on Monday morning.

“The number of children we are able to feed is limited only by the financial support we are able to secure,” said Juliana Harper, who works at the Jackson County Legislative Delegation. “As little as $150 will provide weekend food for a school child for an entire school year.”

Donations can be sent to IMPACT Learning Center, 23123 John T. Reid Parkway, Scottsboro, AL 35768.

In addition, Foodland will be collecting financial donations at the registers for Food for Thought from July 15 to Aug. 2 at all three Jackson County locations.

Everyone is invited to come lend a hand to help hungry children in Jackson County. Volunteers will be in the front entrances of Walmart to collect donations from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. If you would like to designate your support to a specific program/school, please include the program’s name on the check’s memo line.

The goal for the day is $10,000. For more information about existing programs, contact Mary K. Carlton at 256-566-9422 or by email at marykcarlton@yahoo.com, or Debbie Helms at 256-587-6122 or by email at helmsd@jackson.k12.al.us.

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