Jim and Linda Jones hadn't planned to work six or more days each week in sharing. During their careers in nursing, Jim and Linda cared for thousands of sick people around the world on several continents. Serving professionally daily at home, they used up to a month each year to share their talents in Honduras, Dominican Republic, Brazil, Thailand, Vietnam, Kenya and the United States. Over the past twenty years they shared the name of Jesus and their skills in anesthesia and surgical nursing with many. As they went they saw a common thread in all the nations. Hunger is a nagging sore on the face of the earth. Food is controlled like money by the greedy rich of the world.
In 2011 the first food distributions shared with 300 kids twice monthly in the Kellyton Area of Coosa County in the spring and summer. The means of sharing and fundraising began to seriously come together. Then in 2012 Alabama Childhood Food Solutions was named. A plan to share a backpack of food with the most food insecure children in our schools has led to ACFS providing food to 2150 plus children each weekend in most of the Talladega, Coosa, Calhoun, Randolph and southern Shelby County Schools. School leaders regularly applaud the efforts of ACFS and share how better nutrition on the weekends helps the children who are receiving food. At the end of 2014, over 30,000 bags of food had been shared in 34 schools as well as 140,000 pounds of food to families by End Hunger Sylacauga.
A board of directors now oversees the finances and distributions of food with the Joneses remaining as primary laborers in retrieving the food and planning for its distribution. Over 750 volunteers rotate and share time in moving the food and getting it into bags for the hungry children discreetly to avoid embarrassment or stigma. God has blessed and is blessing ACFS as the many use their hands and feet to do God's will. As God's helpers, Alabama Childhood Food Solutions not only shares food but also teaches our youth to be local missionaries by helping decrease the hunger epidemic in our area. Several local schools have gardening programs (furnished by ACFS) to help teach about where food comes from. ACFS assists in a local garden, "Sylacauga Grows", to teach, and share the foods with food insecure families in season.
In 2013, Alabama Childhood Food Solutions added a new division named, "End Hunger Sylacauga", which now feeds 850 plus families in the same service area with a box of near 70 pounds of food once each month.
In the first quarter of 2012, ACFS began to serve 40 students each week, while developing a plan to move toward 4000 as funds become available. As 2016 began, the Joneses with 700 volunteers are serving near 2150 children each week in 34 schools in Central Alabama.
In 2019 childhood food provided 601,000 meals and snacks to kids and over 400,000 pounds of food to families.
No officer or volunteer takes any compensation for their leadership or work. ACFS has recently added a compensated Director to guide the organization.
In 2020 and continuing into 2021, due to the economic changes for so many people, ACFS has doubled the amount of food that we have shared with both the weekend backpack program and the food insecure families program. The warehouse is full. God continues to provide. We are seeking funding for a new warehouse. The City of Childersburg, AL has offered us land for a new warehouse.
ACFS is a 501c3 IRS approved organization and a tax deductible charitable organization in the State of Alabama. www.alabamachildhoodfood.com. 256-208-6463.