Throughout the year, various groups and churches host “Pack and Pray Day” to pack a month’s supply or more of food bags and replenish the Full Tummy inventory. Colwell said individual donations are accepted in any amount, with a $200 sponsorship covering the cost of a school year’s worth of weekend vittles for one student.
She said food items that are individually packaged, non-perishable and ready to eat are also welcome. The Full Tummy bags have an assortment of 100 percent fruit juice boxes, shelf-stable milk, fruit cups, raisin packs, cereal bars, fruit snacks, cookies, sandwich crackers, canned pasta and servable soups.
“We just ask that the food is easy to open and ready to eat,” Colwell said.
The program does not require eligibility paperwork, but parents are encouraged to notify school officials if they want to add their children.
“There is no paperwork, but the best way if parents want their children to be provided a bag is to call their school,” she said. “We never know who is receiving the bags because the list is kept completely confidential, and the school only tells us the number of bags needed.”
She said Full Tummy organizers throughout Limestone County are forming a board of directors.
“We want to form a board to help empower groups to feed as many children as possible, and that’s been our goal from the beginning,” Colwell said. “We want to share resources and support one another.”
For more information, visit www.fulltummyproject.org or call 256-232-4906.