COPE provides Beach H.S. families with healthy food

Published: Sep. 1, 2016 at 5:06 PM EDT
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SAVANNAH, GA (WTOC) - 'Eat fresh and free at Beach' is a unique opportunity for Beach High School parents and students to obtain healthy food. The program invites families to come get free food at the school every first Thursday of each month.

Around 100 people came out to take advantage of the of the fresh food at Beach High School on September 1st, it was the fourth time the program was hosted at the school.

Jeannette Outing, who is a grandparent of a child at Beach H.S. said, "I come very time we have it, it is real real good, I enjoy it and I look forward to coming every time they have it."

Each family is allowed to bring 2 grocery bags to fill with as much food as can fit, it is something made possible by COPE, Childhood Obesity Prevention and Education.

Sandy Baker, Founding Director of COPE said, "so since nutrition is one of the things that we deal with, we found out about Beach having a need, we knew that we could get some produce from the food back and some other stores, and we just thought it was a great fir for what we do."

Many of those in line for the food will admit they don't have access to the variety provided by the program. The Principal of Beach is looking to invite feeder schools to join in on the benefits of the collaboration.

Beach H.S. Principal Derrick Muhammad said,  "in the near future we hope to expand to Hodge and to Derenne families as well. As we are growing and we begin to grow and get to that point then we will be able to invite them in. We are looking forward to that."

The ultimate goal of 'Eat Fresh and Free at Beach' is to promote healthy habits, but it does much more than that by bringing families together.

Jeannette Outing continued to praise the program by saying, "yeah my grandchildren look forward to it, when they get out of school, they say Grandmama is the food ready?"

COPE is seeking donations of fresh produce and looking for volunteers. If you would like more information click here.

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