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Summer feeding program begins Monday

The City of Andalusia, in partnership with Andalusia City Schools, will provide a summer food distribution for children 18 and under on Mondays, beginning June 1 and continuing through June 22.

The distribution will look like the ones conducted by Andalusia City Schools in recent weeks, Shan Burkhardt said. Burkhardt is the child nutrition director for the city school system.

“Parents will drive through at Andalusia Elementary, just like they have in the past few weeks,” she said. “We’ll be providing seven days of meals.”

The distribution is being done in lieu of the summer feeding program normally conducted through the City of Andalusia’s APPLE program. APPLE director Sondra Ramsden said it was not possible to serve the meals as in the past while also maintaining social distancing guidelines. Instead, city employees and volunteers are working with Andalusia City Schools and the Covington County Full Tummy Program to assemble and distribute the bags of food each week.

The program, which is presented with the help of the Alabama Department of Education and the USDA, is open to all kids ages 18 and under. In recent weeks, the city school system has distributed food for hundreds of children each week. No paperwork is required.

Distribution will be drive-through pickup at Andalusia Elementary School from 10:30 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. on four consecutive Mondays – June 1, 8, 15 and 22.