VFS gets $29k grant for BackPack Buddies program

FROM STAFF REPORTS

PELHAM – Vineyard Family Services of Central Alabama, Inc. received a $29,950.00 grant on Wednesday, May 1, from the Shelby County Community Health Foundation in support of its BackPack Buddies program.

BackPack Buddies helps to feed local children in public schools who may be at risk for food insecurity. BackPack Buddies is one of many programs Vineyard Family Services offers in the community.

Money was allocated to BackPack Buddies to purchase food staples for students in the Alabaster City, Pelham City and Shelby County school systems. The BackPack Buddies program provides high quality food bags weekly to support public school children who are considered at-risk for under-nutrition.

Additionally, the program provides hygiene bags, family emergency food boxes, holiday break bags and school supplies. By providing practical support, the program also aims to support grade promotion, increase school counselor and student contact and to promote overall social and emotional well-being.

“Shelby County Community Health Foundation understands that food insecurity makes it difficult for children to reach their full potential in life, and they are investing in our program to insure these kids have an equal playing field,” said program director Stephanie Grissom. “We are very grateful for their continued support.”

Executive Director Ward Williams founded Vineyard Family Services in 2007. The agency focuses on feeding children in need, promoting responsible fatherhood and helping families in crisis. For more information visit Vfsdads.com.