Our project provides food on a monthly basis to low income persons that live in Dallas County, Perry and Wilcox Counties who live in a food insecure areas of Alabama. They are given nutritious food to feed their families on a monthly basis.
Selma PAL After School Enrichment Program is based on the premise that children and teen want a safe after school environment where they can participate in enjoyable and productive activities is a supportive setting. PAL incorporates proven strategies that strengthen protection factors and promote positive and productive behavior and attitudes.
In Communities across the country, the lines at food pantries are stretching longer and longer with no end in site. According to The Food, Research and Action Center, 1 in 4 households experienced food insecurity in 2019. Even before the pandemic hit, 10.5% of all U.S. households experienced food insecurity. That equates to more than 35 million Americans uncertain of where their next meal might come from. In post pandemic economic crisis, this number has tripled to 29.5%. Son Light Center feeds more than 5000 families each month through food distributions throughout the Blackbelt area. Son Light Center operates a food pantry located at 497 Oak Street, Selma, AL but distributes food to 28 churches and non-profit groups throughout the Blackbelt.
We are so appreciative to AL-TOM RC & D Resource Conservation & Development Council for the donation of $7500.00 grant to purchase a much needed forklift. The purchase of this forklift enables Son Light Center to be more efficient by loading and unloading food trucks faster for deliver to communities across the Blackbelt. The completion of this purchase means that there will be fewer families going to bed tonight hungry.
The landscaping rake is used to keep the picnic area and hiking trails clean and free from debris. The boats are for recreation, for the public to come out with family and friends and enjoy their time in the park.
Like any small business, when COVID-19 pandemic hit, it affected the day to day operation of the Chamber of Commerce. It had been over 5 years since we upgraded our software and computers. We were unaware of ZOOM and realized that we could not participate virtually as we did not have cameras or microphones.
By receiving funds from ALA-TOM RC&D Council we are now able to successfully operate day to day, participate virtually, connect, inform, advocate, and promote, our community working selflessly to improve the quality of life throughout Selma and Dallas County.