News and Tribune


February 15, 2014

A BITE OUT OF HUNGER: New Albany food program gets big grant

NEW ALBANY — Instead of the usual snack, they got a full meal and practically cleaned their plates.

On Wednesday, the New Albany Parks Department celebrated a $10,000 grant they were awarded for their Snack Attack food program from General Mills. Kathy Wilkerson, assistant director of the department, said the money will sustain the program for the whole year.

“We’re thrilled, it means a lot,” Wilkerson said. “We stretch it, we don’t waste a thing. We make sure every item we buy from the store is used for that purpose.”

The program feeds children after they get out of school while they wait at the four recreational centers in the city for their parents to pick them up. Wilkerson said normally, it serves about 150 children daily, Monday through Thursday.

She said normally, children might get a simple sandwich, a fruit and some juice to hold them over until their parents get them. But on special occasions or holidays, they get a full meal.

Wednesday, the menu included chicken nuggets, macaroni and cheese, a fruit cup and Rice Krispy Treats for dessert.

She said the program also teaches children a little about healthy eating habits, as well as some hygiene that goes along with them.

“We teach the kids about nutrition and snacks, what’s good and not and brushing their teeth,” Wilkerson said. “We have an education program that goes along with that throughout the year.”

She said in the 15 years the program has fed children, it’s come a long way. The first five years, it was completely supported by community members and whatever they could donate. After multiple sponsorships, including the Elks Club, she said it’s grown to become more full-service.

But she said there are always opportunities for volunteers by visiting the Griffin Street center.

Text Only | Photo Reprints

Barbara Brewster has been the organ player at Faith Lutheran Church in Jeffersonville for the past 50 years. Brewster began playing organ with the church in August of 1964 at the age of 17.


ntxt alerts
Clark County Readers' Choice
2014 4-H Fairs

Images from the Floyd and Clark County 4-H fairs

You Need To Know Now!
Big Four Bridge opens
Must Read
Twitter Updates
Kerry: Humanitarian Cease-fire Efforts Continue Raw: Corruption Trial Begins for Former Va Gov. The Carbon Trap: US Exports Global Warming UN Security Council Calls for Gaza Cease-fire Traditional African Dishes Teach Healthy Eating 13 Struck by Lightning on Calif. Beach Baseball Hall of Famers Inducted Israel, Hamas Trade Fire Despite Truce in Gaza Italy's Nibali Set to Win First Tour De France Raw: Shipwrecked Concordia Completes Last Voyage Raw: Sea Turtle Hatchlings Emerge From Nest Raw: Massive Dust Storm Covers Phoenix 12-hour Cease-fire in Gaza Fighting Begins Raw: Bolivian Dancers Attempt to Break Record Raw: Israel, Palestine Supporters Rally in US Raw: Air Algerie Flight 5017 Wreckage Virginia Governor Tours Tornado Aftermath Judge Faces Heat Over Offer to Help Migrant Kids Kangaroo Goes Missing in Oklahoma More M17 Bodies Return, Sanctions on Russia Grow