TALLADEGA COUNTY -- Talladega County Schools students, teachers and staff are continuing to learn firsthand about the importance of giving back through the system’s partnership with Alabama Childhood Food Solutions (ACFS).

“Alabama Childhood Food Solutions is very important to our staff and the students,” said Vicky Ozment, the system’s deputy superintendent.

In September, system teachers collected 8,900 pounds of food during a canned food drive.

“In 2015, we collected 8,000 pounds of food,” Childersburg High School senior Annie Ozment said. “I am so grateful for the support from our teachers. It’s amazing how much they truly care about our well-being in addition to our education.”

Ozment serves as a Talladega County Schools liaison for ACFS. In October, she helped spearhead a “Sock it to Hunger” campaign.

“Each class in all of the schools were given socks to fill with change,” Annie Ozment said. “We were able to raise $4,731.99.”

The high school senior explained the impact of the campaign.

“Some of the students who were bringing in change are receiving aid from ACFS,” she said. “It’s encouraging to see everyone want to give back.”

Most recently, the Central Office staff and board members presented ACFS a check for more than $500.

“Each year, we as a staff select a charitable organization to support for the holidays, and we wanted to continue to help ACFS,” said system Director of Operations Kelvin Cunningham.

Each Friday, ACFS donates food bags to students living in low-income households or families in poverty. The bags contain items such as bread, peanut butter, crackers and fruit. The bags add up to about 3,000 calories.

ACFS is still working tirelessly to give back to families in need, even during the hustle and bustle of the holiday season.

“This week volunteers are helping pack food bags at the distribution center,” Annie Ozment said. “ACFS is preparing to help feed over 300 families in the area during the Christmas holidays.”

About Alabama Childhood Food Solutions

Alabama Childhood Food Solutions in Sylacauga is an all-volunteer, nonprofit organization that provides food to food-insecure children in five central Alabama counties: Talladega, Coosa, Calhoun, Shelby and Randolph.

The organization was founded in 2012 by Bob and Linda Jones, who both previously worked in the field of nursing.

Their goal is “to make an impact on hunger in Alabama -- and beyond.”

Many students depend on schools to provide their daily meals.

ACFS serves 38 schools and six Boys and Girls Clubs in central Alabama. Each week, an average of 2,150 children are served. ACFS aids almost local 600 families each month.

End childhood hunger

The public can support ACFS in a variety of ways.

A $25 donation can feed one child for the duration of five weekends or provide a weekend food bag for six children in the area.

Volunteers are also needed for delivery assistance, packing the food bags and helping on pantry distribution days.

For more information, call 256-207-8048, or visit www.alabamachildhoodfood.com.