A number of Madison County kids are going hungry during the weekends.
“Y’all might not believe it, but there are some children here in Madison County that aren’t getting fed on the weekends,” John Becker, president of the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia, told county commissioners Jan. 25. “The kids will come in to school and they can’t study Monday and Tuesday. All they’re doing is thinking about their stomach, trying to get filled up with free lunch. The parents really aren’t taking care of them.”
Becker said the food bank has started a “Food to Kids” program to help combat this problem. He said the program helps feed kids over the weekend, getting them back in school on Mondays ready to study.
Becker offered an overview of food bank services to the BOC Monday. He said he has been talking with people in Madison County about food needs. He said of the county’s approximately 28,000 people, roughly 3,386 people are living under the poverty line.
“For a single parent and a child, that’s about $13,000,” said Becker. “It’s not much money at all.”
He said there are another 1,000 people unemployed, “maybe more than that now.”
“So by my accounting, that’s 4,386 people who are in need of help,” said Becker.
The food bank president said that county churches and agencies have really been helping out the needy. He named several churches that have been helpful: Colbert First Baptist, Living Waters Holiness, Freedom Church of God, Moon’s Grove, Riverside and Waggoner’s Grove Baptist Church — “just to name a few.”
“Over the last year we’ve seen a lot of things declining, but food coming from the Food Bank of Northeast Georgia into Madison County has not,” said Becker, who noted that 410,000 pounds of food was distributed last year, up from 243,000 in 2008. “Our commitment here is to make sure that folks who can’t afford to eat, they’re going to get some food.”
Mr Becker, if you are indeed truthful and this is happeningn, then why are you not taking this information to the DFCS? Is this just something you have been told or are you just enhancing?
I seriously doubt there are kids, or enyone for that matter, who don't get fed on weekends. If you have this information then the commissioners are not the ones who need to know, the state is
of course there are kids not being fed...why don't you get involved in finding out the hard truth about these people that have lost their jobs and are trying to feed 2,3,or 4 kids on nothing....how insane of you to think this is not true...
This is true, it's not because people are intentionally doing this on purpose either. When you have to take you're paycheck and pay bills and buy gas for the car to go to work alot of the times you do run out of food. Even people who get foodstamps they can only last for a short time no matter how much you try to budget to make ends meet. In some cases there are people who abuse the system and sell their foodstamps or trade them for things they should not but yes they do and when this happens the children are the ones who are suffering.
Not only do the childeren suffer, but so do the parents. Take them to church, make sure they get to school, try to find a job AND know that you are not providing at the level you want to for you children. That is pain. Why would you want to call DFCS? Are you that cold-hearted. It doesn't mean the family isn't functional, look at the depression. A lot of people starved. You need to get your head out of the PC (politically correct)clouds you're drifting in and become a loving, empathetic HUMAN BEING again!