What We Do
With one of the highest poverty rates in the country, 20 percent of Alabama's children live below the poverty level. Even free or reduced-price meals don't fill the gap these hungry children experience on weekends.
To reduce the number of hungry children, Alabama Credit Union is partnering with regional food banks and volunteers to discreetly provide healthy weekend meals through Secret Meals For Hungry Children. We are dedicated to this program and the long-term benefits it provides — nutritionally healthy children learn better, feel better and have greater self-esteem. And, counselors tell us the children look forward to receiving the food packs; in many cases the nourishment is delivered with the card and attention that are lacking in these children's lives.
In its first school season four years ago, Secret Meals fed just a few children in need. Now, Secret Meals feeds well over 1,100 disadvantaged schoolchildren. 100% of each donation goes entirely to the purchase of Secret Meals food packs, so every dollar of support makes a difference. A donation of $120 would feed one child weekly for an entire school year.