City of Prattville offers free lunches all summer long

Jun 6, 2017

The City of Prattville has been selected as one of 31 cities that will receive technical assistance and grant funding to reduce childhood hunger. The office of Mayor Bill Gillespie Jr., and Parks of Recreation Department partnered with United Christian Church and the Autauga-Prattville Public Library to kick off the new initiative called CHAMPS: Cities Combating Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs.

“The City of Prattville is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with United Christian Church on this initiative,” said Mayor Bill GillespieJr. Pastor Thaylee Dickerson with United Christian Church says the need behind the initiative is to keep children in the community fed because no child should go hungry. For the last two years, the church has provided a summer nutritional meal program for school-aged children serving around 200 meals. “Setting up multiple locations will address additional needs in the community”, added Dickerson. The program got a boost from the National League of Cities, which selected Prattville to participate in the summer meal programs, according to the city. As a result, Prattville received a $22,000 grant to purchase necessary equipment for the program.

Breakfast, lunch and snacks will be served Monday through Friday at three site locations in Prattville; Prattville Parks and Recreation Department, United Christian Church and the Autauga Prattville Public Library through July 28. Each entree comes with fruit and vegetables, and a choice of either milk or water. To learn more about the lunches, call 334-358-4947.

Children participate in the kickoff summer program at Doster Community Center in Prattville.