The 2020 Food for Thought annual fundraiser is about to kick off. Food for Thought is a coalition of backpack food programs in all Scottsboro City and Jackson County schools with the purpose of raising funds for children at risk of weekend hunger in this county.
The number of children needing food is anticipated to increase dramatically when school reopens because unemployment rates have risen, and families are struggling to buy food.
Currently, one in four children face food insecurity in Jackson County alone. Many go home to empty cupboards for a minimum of 65 hours until they return to school on Monday morning. The number of children Food for Thought is able to feed is limited only by the financial support they are able to secure. As little as $150 will provide weekend food for a school child for an entire year.
Consider partnering with Food for Thought to end weekend hunger in our country. It is through generous donations and partnerships with businesses that this is possible. The funds are distributed among all five Scottsboro City and all 15 Jackson County schools with backpack food programs. Last year, 900 students benefited from this program, and more students are expected this year.
There are different levels of sponsorships for donors: Bronze/$500-$1,000; Silver/$1,000-$1,500; Gold/$1,500-$2,000; Platinum/$2,000 and up.
Checks may be made payable to Impact Learning Center, designated for Food for Thought. Those can be mailed to Jackson County Legislative Office, 100 East Peachtree Street, Scottsboro, Ala. 35768. For more information, please contact Mary K. Carlton at 256-566-9422 or the Jackson County Legislative Office at 256-218-3090.