The Concerned Citizens for a Better Community, formerly the Concerned Citizens of the Black Community (CCBC) are hosting a summer food program this Summer in multiple locations around town, including at the CCBC, located at 1111 RURAL STREET. The program is currently in its fourth year of operation.
Director of the local food program, Maurice Miles and production manager Terrance Crook with the help of five individuals are producing 250 meals a day for local children (0-18 years of age) and people with disabilities up to 21 years of age.
"Once the kids get out of school they may not have enough food because their parents are working or they cannot supply them with food," Miles said.
The program also feeds students attending summer school during the noon hours each week.
"We provide about 30 meals for the YMCA, 85 for David Barton Elementary, 35 for Laura Speed Elliot Middle School and we 25-30 meals at the CCBC per day," Miles said. "On June 21 we will open up a couple more sites outside the CCBC."
Miles also said the program provides food to sports events during the summer weekends along with providing snacks for children at the YMCA.
"We also provide food for chruches and organizations who do Bible School," Miles added.
Miles said production starts every Friday, which he said is the slowest part of the week and is usually done by 1 p.m.
Program funds are provided by the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA). If more food is needed, Miles can request more.
"All the meals are nutritional. We serve ham turkey and chicken nuggets. The food has to be government approved," Miles said.
"Everyone is welcome. We would love to have more come down," he said.