Apr 21, 2014 7:47 PM by Allison Bourne-Vanneck
A new program in Lafayette Parish is making sure students don't go hungry throughout the day. It's called "Champions For Kids Simple Giving Program," and it's being done in 11 states. It gives Wal-Mart customers a chance to donate breakfast foods to help feed students in their school district.
"Just go around, pick up some oatmeal, pick up a box of cereal, some breakfast bars, drop it in the purple collection bin, when they leave the store, and, at the end of the program, we'll collect the goods, and make sure kids who need it get it," said Mary Speyrer, who works with the Neglected and Delinquent Program for the Lafayette Parish School System.
Breakfast food donations will be collected for two weeks in purple bins outside of Wal-Mart stores across the parish. Speyrer said this food drive will be a big help.
"We have a lot of families in our parish that depend on the school system to provide two meals five times a (week) for their children," Speyrer said.
A cash prize is also at stake. The school district that collects the most food donations from a single Wal-Mart store will receive $10,000. If Lafayette Parish wins, the money will be used for students in need.
"This way we can provide summer programming, and help kids who may be behind academically, (and) give them opportunities they might not have had," Speyrer said.
Donations will be accepted at four Wal-Mart stores in Lafayette Parish, those located on Ambassador Caffery Road, Pinhook Road, the Evangeline Thruway and in Broussard.