Dothan commissioner starts free meal program

Published 08/19 2014 03:48PM

Updated 08/20 2014 12:33PM

"You're either part of the problem or you're part of the solution.”

That's advice City Commissioner Kevin Dorsey gave to himself when he was looking to bring the community a new program.

Dorsey wanted to bring a free feeding program to children in at risk areas, but what he ended up getting was much more than just food.

"The supper program which will they will have mentoring, tutoring and life skills training for the kids,” Dorsey said.

The free after school feeding program is hosted at the Alabama Avenue Missionary Baptist church. Dorsey partnered up with Pastor Debray Beyah and Pastor Kenneth Robinson to make the free meals possible.

The program operates throughout the school year on Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 4:00 p.m. To 6:00 p.m. Each child receives a snack, dinner, mentors to help with homework, and fun activities to participate in.

Pastor Kenneth Robinson said the community needed a program like this.

"With Johnson Homes being one of the largest project complexes this was part of out reach ministry, we can reach those kids over there and one of the greatest things you can ever do is feed a hungry child,” said Robinson.

The program is funded through the united states department of agriculture and has the potential to feed 50,000 children.

Kevin Dorsey said he hopes other members in the community  catch on to this.

"It all falls back to the domino effect. If every church in this city in poverty stricken areas do what this church is doing then its called the domino effect and it trickles throughout the community,” said Dorsey.

If you would like to know more about the program or volunteer you can contact Alabama Avenue Missionary Baptist Church at (334) 792-7622.

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