Mount Airy City Schools and the Mount Airy Police Department have teamed up to help feed local children this summer.
The summer feeding program provides breakfast, lunch and snacks daily to children in need, ages 2-18, over summer break at no cost to the families.
Over the past two weeks the program has served on an average daily basis 570 breakfasts, 3,115 lunches, and 1,752 snacks.
Celena Watson, the city schools child nutrition director, said, “We are very excited about our new partnership with MAPD, it’s a win-win for everyone. Our community has many precious children, and sadly lots of them are hungry. We are here to serve them healthy and good quality meals not only during the school year, but during the summer months, too.”
Throughout the city, 20 locations are enrolled in the program to provide a place for the children to enjoy the meals.
“The children in the low income housing communities that we deliver too watch intently for our food truck every day. We see them looking out their windows and they all start running out when they hear our horn blow,” said Watson
The police department will be delivering to four of the locations every Thursday through Aug. 14.
The deliveries will take about an hour each day for the officials.
Police Chief Dale Watson said that eight to 10 officers will be participating in the program, along with other city officials.
“There’s more to our department than enforcing, we are here to serve,” said Watson. “We are happy to help out with this initiative. It’s a great opportunity to serve our community in a different capacity.”
Watson said he wanted to participate in the program because he wants to assist the community in any way possible, and he felt this was another way to do just that.
Superintendent Gregory Little will also deliver the food to these four locations on July 15.
The provisions come from funding through the city school system. The officers will be picking up supplies at Jones Elementary School.
For more information, contact Watson at 786-8355.
Reach Eva Queen at (336) 415-4739 or [email protected]