TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (WBRC) - Food is a central theme around the Thanksgiving holiday. It made sense to some people at one west Alabama school to make sure children in need in their community wouldn’t go without.
Students, faculty and staff from Shelton State Community College strengthened their relationship with kids from nearby Englewood Elementary School through a recent food donation drive.
“It’s very important for us to not only to donate, but reflect on how things could be on the way that it could be the other way. That it could be that are in need,” explained Norquina Rieves, Student Engagement Coordinator at Shelton State.
The school partnered with Secret Meals, an organization that collects food for school children so they can take that food home. The program helps food gaps at night and on weekends when kids who eat at school may not have food at home.
People at Shelton State collected canned and non-perishable items for more than a week. The total was enough provide bags of food for 22 families for the Thanksgiving holiday.
“To open cars and SUV’s to see exactly how much we were bringing they were absolutely over the moon about it,” Rieves added.
Shelton State has been an Adopt a School partner with Englewood Elementary School for several years.