Auburn University students help feed kids for summer

AUBURN, Ala. (WTVM) – A group of Auburn University students are poised to make a huge difference in the lives of hundreds of school-aged children.

There are different places where anyone can drop food in boxes. Auburn students will then pack these items and parents in need can return them to their children.

The Summer Livelihood Project collects food and donations for K-5 children enrolled in the Auburn City School System.

The program is designed to help struggling parents provide meals and snacks for their children during the summer months.

Caroline Payne-Purvis, manager and coordinator of undergraduate programs at Auburn University, explains that these children get free breakfast, lunch and snacks during the school year, but when the summer is coming, everything stops.

“Collect food for the kids this summer for kids who are food insecure so food insecurity is when they maybe don’t know when their next meal is coming they don’t have food constant.”

According to Feeding America, one in six children in America worry about their next meal. Payne says their goal is to feed as many children as possible this summer. If parents want to sign up, all they have to do is email Payne.

If you would like to donate, there are five different drop off locations in Auburn, or you can donate online. Payne says their goal is to raise $75,000 and collect non-perishable food items.

“So whatever you think of a child eating for breakfast, lunch a non-perishable snack. We can feed more children, which would probably be around 100 to 150 children for the whole summer.

Payne says that for online or cash donations, they have a special donor who will match the grand total.

“He’s Trent Brown with the New England Patriots, he’s a 7-year veteran in the NFL. He said he would match every dollar for dollar.

Payne says there will be dates posted on their Facebook page when grocery bags filled with food will be available for families who have signed up.

If you are interested in signing up for this project or would like to help make a donation, click here.

If you think your child could benefit from this program, you can enroll them by sending the following information to [email protected] or 52-353-5105 (text, call or WhatsApp):

  • Information: Student name, school, contact details, number of children, age of children and food allergies

K-5 students enrolled in:

  • Auburn Early ED
  • Cary Wood
  • creek side
  • Dean’s Path
  • eyed tree
  • earth-rich
  • Wrights Mill
  • Yarbough

Drop off locations:

  • Benchmark Physiotherapy North – 2900 E University Ste. 130 Auburn, AL
  • Benchmark South Physiotherapy – 1111 S. College St. Unit 200B Auburn, AL
  • Bridgeway Diagnostics – 1910 E Samford Ave Auburn, AL
  • Spidle Hall Auburn University Campus

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