Mayor's Office Gets Grant To Provide Meals To Local Children

By: Lanetra Bennett
July 29, 2013

Tallahassee, FL - Father of five Tony Owens knows the hardship of keeping food on the table, especially while his kids are out of school.

Owens says, "You look around and the kids are wanting something and you're not able to provide that for them at some times. It's kind of hard."

The office of the Mayor of Tallahassee is receiving $45,000 to help make sure local children have access to food while they are on their summer break.

The grant is from the Walmart Foundation through the National League of Cities, and is expected to help 1,400 local children.

Mayor John Marks says, "I think it's going to make a great difference in the community. It's going to improve, it's going to enhance, it's going to make our community the kind of community we want. We do not need to have any child, any child go hungry in our community."

Mayor Marks says the funding will go to the organizations, Impact Florida, Tallahassee Housing Authority, and Second Harvest that assist feeding families.

He says it will enhance their ability to fight hunger.

Foundation administrators say the grant will also expand to provide access to meals throughout the year.

Mayor Marks says, "A hungry kid can't learn. They get irritable, they might sleep in class. So, if we can address that issue in some way, which is what this will do, we'll be doing a lot of good for a lot of kids in our community."

This summer the Walmart Foundation has donated $14 million in grants to provide more than 1.7 million children and families with free meals.

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