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Community Impact: Food to Kids Madison County

As a former educator, Ellen Cowne is familiar with the struggles some students face when they leave school and go home each day. For some children, the meals they receive at school may be the only food they’re provided, and they may not be guaranteed a meal on the weekends. 

“It broke my heart that we had so many children who were in that situation,” said Cowne, the secretary of Food to Kids Madison County. 

Food to Kids Madison County serves 89 children enrolled in the county’s elementary schools by providing a weekend meal bag. 

The nonprofit organization delivers bags filled with 6 meals, snacks, fresh fruit and juice for students identified as food insecure each week. The Jackson EMC Foundation recently awarded a $15,000 grant for its weekend back pack program. 

“We know that a hungry child doesn’t learn as well,” Cowne said. “If we can serve these children, they can make better grades and have better opportunities.” 

Food to Kids receives its food supplies from the Northeast Georgia Food Bank. Volunteers help package bags for students and deliver them to schools each week. “Our teachers and counselors have been heroes helping to identify children who would qualify for the program,” Cowne said. 

Grants from the Jackson EMC Foundation have been instrumental to support the program, she said. Cowne also credits volunteers from the Rotary Club of Madison County and the school system for supporting Food to Kids.