Students in Bibb eat free breakfast and lunch | News
The Summer Food Service Program provides meals in low-income areas over the summer while students are out of school. Stone Academy in Macon has taken advantage of the program for the past four years. It provides free breakfast and lunch for the kids there. Executive Director of Stone Academy, Tony Lowden, believes the program is necessary in his community.
"Members of this community over here are struggling. They eat Church's Chicken all the time. That's not a very healthy meal for kids," says Lowden.
The program also strives to prepare well-balanced meal for the kids.
"I ate a banana, cereal, and I drank all my milk," says Stone Academy student Jasmine Booker.
As for the kids who are not in the academy, Lowden says he feeds whoever comes to the door knocking and hungry.
"When a five-year-old knocks on our back door saying they're hungry, you can't turn your back to that regardless of you thinking it's a handout. It's not a handout," says Lowden.
And for him, feeding these kids affects more than their bodies, it also affects their souls.
"Ask yourself. Would I have a teenager that I can feed? Feed that teenager. Help him get an opportunity and help him get an education, get a summer job. Or would I want that teenager to walk in a gas station with a loaded gun because he's hungry and desperate? Or would I want to be my brother's keeper?" says Lowden.
According to the Georgia Department of Early Care and Learning, more than 60 percent of kids in Georgia are eligible for free or reduced lunch.