City Selected to Participate in National Initiative


CONTACT: Teresa Lee, or (334) 595-0102

May 25, 2017


Prattville, Alabama – The National League of Cities (NLC), in partnership with Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), has selected Prattville as one of 31 cities that will receive technical assistance and grant funding as part of an initiative in Alabama, California, and Kansas to reduce childhood hunger by expanding participation in the federally-funded Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs. With support from the Walmart Foundation, NLC has supported 41 cities to serve over 10 million meals to 100,000 children through the federal Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs over the last five years.

“The City of Prattville is thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with United Christian Church on this initiative,” stated Mayor Bill Gillespie, Jr. “Pastor Dickerson and the Church began this program and through CHAMPS, we have the opportunity to help them expand. Our children are our future and no child should go hungry. We are also pleased that the Autauga Prattville Public Library joined this important partnership and will serve as a third location, which gives us all an opportunity to promote their reading programs and intellectual stimulation during this summer.”

The City of Prattville Mayor’s Office and Parks & Recreation will partner with United Christian Church and Pastor Thaylee Dickerson, as well as the Autauga Prattville Public Library to establish new sites where children can get a healthy meal or snack while participating in fun activities for their bodies and minds.

According to a new FRAC report, participation in the Summer Nutrition Programs plateaued last summer across the country, despite three prior years of significant growth. In July 2015, on an average weekday, the Summer Nutrition Programs served lunch to nearly 3.2 million children.

In Alabama and California, though more children are receiving free and reduced-price lunch in school, many are not being reached with nutritious meals during out-of-school time. In Kansas, a state with the lowest summer meal participation rates in the nation, fewer than 1 in 10 low-income children participate in Summer Nutrition Programs. While there is no similar measure for the Afterschool Meal Program, participation did not keep pace with regular year school lunch growth need.

Through the Cities Combating Hunger through Afterschool and Summer Meal Programs (CHAMPS) project, the City of Prattville has received a grant in the amount of $22,000. NLC, FRAC and anti-hunger organizations in each state will provide cities with customized assistance, access to best practices and national experts, and opportunities for peer learning as they develop new meal programs, increase children’s participation at meal sites, and help cities establish a coordinated system of year-round efforts to reach as many children as possible throughout the community.

The kickoff for our summer program will be held at the Doster Community Center, 424 South Northington Street, on June 6, 2017 at 10am. We hope you will all join us at 254 Doster Street in downtown Prattville, Alabama.



Interested cities in Alabama can learn more about CHAMPS and sign-on to the initiative here:

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