Chick-fil-A, MUST team to prepare meals for children
by Hilary Butschek
July 17, 2014 04:00 AM | 2324 views | 5 5 comments | 12 12 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Tyler Hediger, left, of Chick-fil-A, gets some assistance from the company mascot as he loads sack lunches to be  delivered to Cobb children as part of the MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Program. About 5,000 children received a chicken sandwich along with the rest of their meal. <br> Staff/Jeff Stanton
Tyler Hediger, left, of Chick-fil-A, gets some assistance from the company mascot as he loads sack lunches to be delivered to Cobb children as part of the MUST Ministries Summer Lunch Program. About 5,000 children received a chicken sandwich along with the rest of their meal.
Staff/Jeff Stanton
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Kathy Kiefer, left, summer lunch coordinator for MUST Ministries in Cobb, goes over the delivery schedule plan with Chris Darley of Chick-fil-A on Wednesday morning at the First Presbyterian Church in Marietta.
Kathy Kiefer, left, summer lunch coordinator for MUST Ministries in Cobb, goes over the delivery schedule plan with Chris Darley of Chick-fil-A on Wednesday morning at the First Presbyterian Church in Marietta.
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MARIETTA — Chick-fil-A owners worked together to provide 5,900 lunches Wednesday for children across seven counties who receive free and reduced lunches at school.

Sixty Chick-fil-A locations surrounding Atlanta donated the food and time to make thousands of lunches that were then sorted and delivered by MUST Ministries.

Chris Fields, senior vice president of programs and administration at MUST Ministries, said the summer lunch program has been around for 19 years. Groups of volunteers meet at churches in Bartow, Cherokee, Cobb, Forsyth, Gwinnett, north Fulton, Paulding and Pickens counties five days a week to make, pack and deliver lunches to nearly 6,000 children across eight counties for 10 weeks during the summer.

“Hunger doesn’t stop when school lets out,” Fields said. “This program makes sure that we know there are 6,000 kids who are going to have a meal on the table every day.”

Kaye Cagle, a spokeswoman for MUST Ministries, said businesses, families and senior assisted living homes frequently donate some meals and food to the program through local churches. This is the first time a business has agreed to donate meals to feed every child for a day as Chick-fil-A did Wednesday, she said.

“I think the most important part of the story is how many children are being fed every day,” Cagle said. “It’s a monumental undertaking.”

Chris Darley, who owns the East Lake Chick-fil-A on Roswell Road, said his restaurant donated 380 meals for volunteers at the First Presbyterian Church off Church Street near the Square to deliver on its three routes. Darley said each meal includes a Chick-fil-A chicken sandwich, chips and a cookie.

Darley said he thinks it is important for his business to support and serve the community it’s in, so he was excited to work with 60 other Chick-fil-A franchise owners to deliver the lunches.

“(The owners) wanted to do something together that we couldn’t do on our own,” Darley said.

Martie Moore, the coordinator for the lunch program at First Presbyterian Church, said every week day of the summer 13 volunteers gather at the church to make sandwiches for the children.

“The best thing has been getting to know all the volunteers and the volunteers getting to know each other,” Moore said. “It just kind of builds the community in our church and we also have volunteers from other churches.”

This is the seventh week of the 10-week program, and Fields said 158,000 meals have been delivered so far this summer in MUST’s coverage area. By the end of the program, Fields said 250,000 lunches will have been delivered across the area, and 100,000 will be delivered in Cobb.

Moore, who teaches art classes at Burruss Elementary School, said she enjoys seeing the children over the summer.

“They come in and sometimes they’re all dirty from playing outside all morning, and they’re so cute, and they say ‘thank you,’” Moore said. “This way, you don’t worry so much about them.”

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anonymous
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July 18, 2014
They are dirty from playing outside all morning? This indicates to me, I hope, that a parent was at home supervising their play outside, and I ask, why was this parent at home instead of working for children they cannot provide for? Let me guess. Because somebody needs to speak English in the family. And it is the kids MUST is serving. God helps those that help themselves. What do these families that receive these handouts do in return of living in the United States that supports them? Oh, I know. They absolutely insult all of us that pay taxes that ensure their kids have meals because we have to dial one for English. And we pay more for EVERYTHING because there we have choices to dial two for Spanish. Go figure.
Gtataboy
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July 17, 2014
Good to see Chick-fil-A do something good for a change, besides promote football bowl games.

Never on Sunday, but didn't back Hobby Lobby.

Huh
Honest Abe
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July 17, 2014
If your kids survive on free breakfast and lunch at school and then have to depend on MUST ministries and other charitable donated food to survive the summer when school is out then just maybe you shouldn't have had kids in the first place?

Mandatory birth control education should be given to the irresponsible parents as a condition of getting the free stuff.
Say What?
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July 17, 2014
Oh Honest Abe,

You forget the Republicans don't want anything to do with birth control or sex education. Remember their motto is remove all funding from Planned Parenthood. Remember the Supreme Court just said some companies don't have to provide it in their health care benefits. So what mandatory birth control education would you like to provide.

Maybe you would be better served to volunteer a little while and actually see what positive impact you can have on the community. Congrats to both MUST and Chick Fil A for their outstanding community involvement. They know it is not the kids fault for their circumstances.
Honest Abe
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July 22, 2014
What kind of mandatory education should be provided you ask? How about educating them that the government through the oppression of the much maligned taxpayer does not have an obligation to pay your offsprings child support. YOU BREED THEM YOU FEED THEM or be prosecuted for nonsupport and child abuse. Voluntary donations can pay the child support the sorry parents don't pay.
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