Last year a community group, known as the Bulldog Breakfast Club, took on the challenge of feeding kids that are on the free and reduced lunch program throughout the summer months. The group's mission is to provide nutritious breakfast cereal and milk to food-insecure students and their families in the Greenwood School system during the summer break.
According to the school 29% of Greenwood students are identified as food insecure and are on either the free or reduced lunch program.
At a meeting of the Greenwood School Board it was stated that a lack of nutrition can contribute to what is known as the “summer slide” whereby a lack of nutrition can handicap students by two months of reading loss after just one summer of inadequate meals and could contribute to higher health management costs.
Starting Saturday The club will begin collecting boxes of cereal. The first distribution of the cereal will be on the last day of school as students leave for summer break. The June 19 and July 17 distributions will be based within the community and will be accomplished with the help of such organizations as: The Greenwood City Fire Department, the Greenwood Police Department, The Sebastian County Sheriff’s Department, Rural Fire Departments as well as the schools and area churches.
Last year the club distributed 58,000 servings.
If you would like to donate to the program collection points will be set up at Walmart, CV’s, Dollar General, Walgreens, the Police Department, City Hall, and the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce.
In the coming weeks school counselors will send notifications about the program and applications to qualifying families. The families will return the application and will receive a breakfast club member card and information concerning the distribution.
To get involved simply drop off boxes of cereal at any of the drop off points. For more information or ways to get involved contact Tanya Taylor at the Greenwood Chamber of Commerce at 996-6357 or Tammy Briley at City Hall at 996-2742.