For some unfortunate Madison County children, when school is over, so are the regular meals.
But a number of local residents take efforts to fight that problem, collecting food to send home with needy children on weekends during the school year and during the summer break.
One person with such an interest is 6-year-old Chesney Carthern of Ila Elementary School, who with the help of her mother, Shawana, is focused on gathering food for fellow students who might not have quality meals when school isn’t in session.
The Cartherns have led efforts to get food donation boxes at several drop spots, including the Dollar General and First Citizens Bank in Ila and the Market Place and library in Danielsville. These items will help local school children who may need nutritional support during the summer.
“My 6-year-old wanted to do something and it sparked where the need was,” said Shawana.
The Cartherns applied for a grant from Walt Disney to supplement the school’s food box program, but the grant didn’t come through.
Chesney Carthern, 6, and her mother, Shawana, have worked to get donations for local children in need of meals during the summer. Zach Mitcham/staff
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