Each year, members of Youth Leadership Walker County choose one local nonprofit out of five as the recipient of the donation.
“It’s not always an easy decision for them,” said Linda Lewis, president of the local Chamber of Commerce. “They’re all great projects.”
Youth Leadership is a monthly program in which 40 students from around the county participate. Each month the students break into five groups of eight and take part in a team-building or leadership activity.
One of the activities included working a day at a local nonprofit organization. Lewis said the project helps the students understand the impact that charitable agencies have in the community.
After they spend the day with the organizations, the students reconvene to pick one group to receive the $1,000 grant.
“We just really count it as an honor, because I know all the other nonprofits were deserving, too,” said Leneda Jones, director of Backyard Blessings.
Jones and the organizers of Backyard Blessings provide food for 189 students at Sumiton Elementary/Middle School and T.S. Boyd Elementary School. Each child receives a bag full of food, which gives them meals and snacks for the weekend. The food is discreetly placed in each child’s backpack before the end of school each Friday.
Backyard Blessings provide about $1,000 worth of food per week to children in east Walker County.
For more information about Backyard Blessings or to donate to the group, contact Jones at 205-544-9094. Jones said she is also available to speak to churches or civic groups about her organization.
Jones said Backyard Blessings organizers are always looking for volunteers for days in which they pack and distribute the food.