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Text This Number to Find Free Food This Summer

There are a lot of scams on Facebook. A lot of them. You have to sort through all the people who want you to send things to 10 people or else you’ll be cursed, the fake news, and the politics to get to the stuff you really care about—like the delightful Community Journal posts, right? 

It makes sense to be hesitant to do anything that involves your phone because one misstep, and you’re on the healthcare call list flooding your inbox with empty voicemails. However, there is one post going around that is legit. The Community Journal tested the following message circulating on social media:

If you have school-aged students in need of breakfast and food this summer, simply text “FOOD” to 877877 and you’ll receive a message with the closest locations where they can get free summer meals.

Once you text that number, you will be prompted to put in your zip code. Once you reply with your zip code, you will get a list of places your child can get free meals over the summer. If your zip code doesn’t pull in any results, you can reply with a nearby area to get a list of the closest place.

Free meals are provided throughout North Alabama at meal sites hosted by volunteers. The food is provided by the Food Bank of North Alabama as a way for kids who get free or reduced lunches during the year to stay healthy over the summer.

In 2016, the North Alabama region hosted 98 summer meal sites, 17 of which were sponsored by the Food Bank of North Alabama. Together, they served a whopping 273,000 lunches, but that’s only one fifth of the children who receive free or reduced lunches during the school year.

If you’re interested in hosting a summer meal site, check out the Food Bank of North Alabama’s website. 

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About the author

Jessie Harbin

Jessie is a newlywed living in Meridianville with her husband and three dogs. She’s learning to sail on their 26-foot sailboat in Guntersville. At the time of publication, nobody has fallen ill because of her cooking.

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