Laurel teens fight child hunger with 'secret' program

Laurel teens fight child hunger with 'secret' program

JONES COUNTY, MS (WDAM) - A group of Laurel teens are fighting child hunger in a unique way. Laurel's Junior Auxiliary program is hosting a food drive to support their 'Secret Meals' project.

"Not only did some of our children in Laurel and Jones County need clothing, [but] they also needed a little extra nourishment when they got home on the weekends," said Paige McCardle, Junior Auxiliary member.

The program is designed to work with school counselors, targeting children who may be at risk of being malnourished.

"It's an anonymous thing," McCardle said. "No child knows where it comes from, nor do any other classmates know that we're putting secret meals inside their backpacks for the weekend."

Junior Auxiliary members said the community's support has been invaluable in making the Secret Meals program a success.

To make a food donation take individually wrapped, non-perishable food items to the City Home Center on 16th Ave. in Laurel.