Alabama students fight against childhood hunger

Secret Meals Event

By WVUA 23 News Reporter Asher Redd

A University of Alabama public relations class is working with Secret Meals for Hungry Children and ensuring children in need don’t go home hungry on the weekends.

The group teamed up with Session Cocktails, a local bar in downtown Tuscaloosa Sunday for a Secret Menu for Secret Meals event.

UA public relations student Kyrsten Eller said the event is all about bringing awareness to food insecurity among Alabama’s children.

“I didn’t realize that Alabama children suffered so much from food insecurity,” Eller said.

UA public relations Professor Susan Darin said she’s proud her students have made such a big impact.

“Since 2011, my classes have raised more than $225,000,” she said. “That’s been enough to feed around 1,800 local school children in need every weekend for an entire school year.”

Secret Meals for Hungry Children collects information from teachers and faculty on which students need help from schools around Alabama and north Florida. Teachers then fill those students’ backpacks on the sly with food they can take home and eat over the weekend.

Meal kits include two breakfasts, two lunches and two snacks.

Session Cocktails owner Hunter Wiggins said he hopes his bar can continue helping organizations like Secret Meals.

“One of my mentors gave me a wristband and said ‘go be the difference,’ ” Wiggins said. “We want to be the difference and do the right thing the right way.”

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