Summer breakfast program kicks off at Boys & Girls Club

Summer breakfast program kicks off at Knoxville Boys & Girls Club

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Every Friday for the next 10 weeks of summer break, around 75 children who come here daily in the summertime will all be getting a free Chick-fil-A chicken biscuit breakfast. Every Friday for the next 10 weeks of summer break, around 75 children who come here daily in the summertime will all be getting a free Chick-fil-A chicken biscuit breakfast.
Now that school is out for the summer, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley are packed everyday. Now that school is out for the summer, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley are packed everyday.

By HAYLEY HARMON
6 News Anchor/Reporter

KNOXVILLE (WATE) - One out of every five children from East Tennessee comes from a family who does not know where they're going to get their next meal.

But thanks to a new summer breakfast program, more local children are getting the daily nutrition they need.

Now that school is out for the summer, the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley are packed everyday, like the Haslam Family Club center in Knoxville.

"Our daily routine here at the Boys & Girls Club is definitely a busy day. Busy and fun, igniting greatness in all of our kids," said Linda Fore of the Haslam Family Club.

But more than half of these children come from low-income families who can't always guarantee a nutritious meal for them at home.

They rely on the lunch and dinner offered here at the club.

"A lot of our kids, we don't know if they're gonna get another hot meal if it doesn't come from here at the Boys & Girls Club," said Fore.

To help make sure the kids are getting the food they need at all times of the day, they kicked off a new summer breakfast program Wednesday morning.

Every Friday for the next 10 weeks of summer break, around 75 children who come here daily in the summertime will all be getting a free Chick-fil-A chicken biscuit breakfast.

"They're pumped up. They come here hungry, so we want to make sure they get something to eat," said Fore.

"Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. For our kids, it's necessary to give them energy to make it through the day," said Kelly Jones of the Boys & Girls Clubs of the Tennessee Valley.

It's all thanks to a donation from the Fifth Third Bank's Knoxville region.

"We're looking at the community and how we can give back and how we can make an impact to all the families who live here locally," said Jonathan Godfrey, a vice president with Fifth Third Bank in Knoxville.

The Boys & Girls Club says during the school year, most of the children receive free or reduced breakfast and lunch at school.

But during the summer, they don't have that option.

That's why the donation from Fifth Third Bank is making such an impact.

"It's great for the community that they're reaching out to help us," said Fore.

"If I don't have breakfast, I'm usually hungry all day," said Jurnee Roper, one of the children at the Club.

They want these children to gain all the life skills they can at the Boys & Girls Club, which they say is hard on an empty stomach.

"If they're here at the Boys and Girls Club, they're at a safe place. Not only are they at a safe place, but they're having fun," said Fore.

The breakfast program donation is part of Fifth Third Bank's annual "Feeding our Communities" campaign.

For more information, contact Fifth Third Bank at 865-985-7840.

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