Food That's in When School's Out

More than 100 children file in and out of Stewart Memorial AME Church in Perry for lunch every day.

This free meal comes courtesy of the determination of one woman, Willie Ann Glenn, to feed local children who otherwise may not have a full meal when school is out.

Leola Glenn, Willie Ann Glenn's mother, says, "All things were important to her. She was very much into church work, she called it a ministry. She saw the need for children that didn't get food like they should."

Willie Ann Glenn began the summer food program about seven years ago. She passed away in 2004, but her memory will live on, thanks to the Florida Legislature, through other programs like this one throughout the state.

Under the newly signed "Willie Ann Glenn Act," or House Bill 227, each school district in Florida is required to sponsor a summer food program for students who are eligible for free or reduced school lunches.

Jackqulyn Pigford, a summer food program participant, shares, "I come because I enjoy being around the little kids and I enjoy eating the nutritious food."

Stewart Memorial's summer program is funded by a state grant and fully staffed by volunteers, including the pastor and Glenn's mother.

They say it's more than a free meal, it's a blessing to many children. The "Willie Ann Act" goes into effect this Friday, July 1.