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July 8, 2014

Kids being fed by Tiftarea YMCA’s Food for Thought

TIFTON — Although school has been out since May, local children are continuing to be fed free this summer through the Tiftarea YMCA's Food For Thought program.

Dr. Tamisha Blackshear, this year's Food For Thought coordinator, said this is the Y's fifth year doing the program. They are collaborating with Tift County Schools' Nutrition Director Vanessa Hayes and Tifton Housing Authority Executive Director Shaundra Clark.

The program began in May and will continue through Aug. 1 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This year's feeding sites include Dean's Blue Devil Den, Hills Apartments, G.O. Bailey Primary School, Peterson Apartments, Puckett Park and First Church of the Nazarene.

At the Hills Apartments site Tuesday, a group of children enjoyed playing soccer and football. Volunteers with Union Grove Church of God gave out the sack lunches, as well as did a short devotional. Also, the Y and United Way of South Central Georgia donated coloring books to the children.

According to the Y's website, Tifton is ranked fourth in the state in elementary school poverty, and their role as a Y is to take social responsibility to the next level. Their goal is to feed every child.

For more information, visit www.tiftareaymca.org or call 391-9622.

To contact reporter Latasha Ford, call 382-4321.

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