More than 6,000 meals provided in July by Laurel Housing Authority

LAUREL, MS (WDAM) - The Laurel Housing Authority's Summer Feeding Program is from June 2 - July 31. From Monday through Friday, hundreds of children 18 and younger are provided with a free meal.

"It's not just for the residents you know, it's for everybody in the community, all kids are welcomed to participate," said Laurel Housing Authority Program Coordinator Barbara Gavin.

"Being in the school system as long as I've been, there are children that their main meal is coming when they come to school and so the summer program is a continuation of that need," said Inspiring Youth Summer Enrichment Program Director Jetuan Stephens. 

For the past eight years, the housing authority has provided the feeding program. Thanks to several partnerships, meals are currently served at five different sites in the Jones County area.

"The month of July we averaged about 6,500 meals and that was you know great service to the community," said Gavin.

Although the feeding program is coming to an end, the Laurel Housing Authority expects to continue it next summer and even provide cooked meals.

"To know that they can get a hot meal is going to be something to look forward to having you know next year," said Gavin.

Stephens said he sees how important the meals are to the children at the L. T. Ellis Center.

"This is a very good partnership, the children enjoy it, it's a healthy meal so thank you so much for Laurel Housing Authority and for those that sponsor it, it's needed," said Gavin.

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