Tifton summer feeding program gives away food, books

Tifton summer feeding program gives away food, books

TIFTON, Ga. (WALB) - While many people may be wondering what’s for breakfast or where will they meet their friends for lunch; many children in Tifton are just thinking of where their next meal will come from.

Tiftarea YMCA CEO Darian Peavy and Tifton-Tift County Public Library branch manager, Victoria Horst, chose to make a difference for the community.

“I tell you what this is what it is all about. That’s our mission is to go out and strengthen and reach the community. 1 out of every 5 kids go hungry and you sit there and think about that during the day and they are looking and needing a resource," Peavy said.

The program has been around for eight years and this is just one of the sites where the summer feeding program influences children that they are more than just their environment.

“I feel thankful for them. Some kids will come out and read the books and everything and get the food cause like it’s really helping some of the kids right now,” Bradley Pitts said.

The Tifton-Tift County Library staff handed out free books for the children to read over the summer, keeping their minds sharp.

“Children who are read to tend to do better in school. They tend to get better jobs, earn more money. They actually tend to live longer because they very often have the vocabulary and reasoning skills to make better decisions,” Horst said.

Peavy says this program is just one of the many projects they’re working on, but he and partners in Tifton are coming up with many more plans and activities to keep kids in South Georgia fed.

If you want to volunteer with the feeding program reach out to Darian Peavy @ 229-391-9622 or email dpeavy@tiftareaymca.org

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