Columbia officials visit library during End Child Hunger Week


Three officials from Columbia toured the Colleton County Memorial Library and its Young Adult Library Lovers (YALL) program last week in celebration of End Child Hunger S.C. Week.

Ashley Page of End Child Hunger S.C., Dyeretta M. Fashion, afterschool meals program coordinator with the S.C. Dept. of Social Services Child and Adult Care Food Program and Kimberly Carmichael with the S.C. Afterschool Alliance attended a meeting of YALL on Oct. 24. Colleton County DSS Director Audrey Brown also attended. They discussed the afterschool program with Vicki Brown, reference librarian and program coordinator of youth services for the library, as well as viewing the meals served to the youth ages 12­18.

"The teens are always so well behaved, and it is a pleasure to work with them. When they come to the library after school, they are so hungry, and sometimes, their parents are working, and they will not be home until very late. The Colleton Kitchen brings healthy snacks and suppers so they can eat and work on the computers. I am grateful for their assistance, " said Vicki Brown.

Meals for the program are prepared by the staf at The Colleton Commercial Kitchen. Sponsored by Colleton County Council, the full supper meal is served on Tuesdays from 4­6 p.m. when students get together at the library for tutoring and a variety of other activities. The library has participated in the program since 2016.