2019 Rogers Scholar and Magoffin County High School student Riley Meadows is making sure kids have plenty of snacks this summer.

Meadows organized a Summer Snacks community food drive in partnership with Magoffin County Family Resources Youth Services Center to provide snacks for students in need while they are out of school.

“After the COVID-19 outbreak, I decided to change my community service project, because I saw the emphasis being placed on students being fed by different school systems across the state,” Meadows said. “I began thinking about the many students at school that looked forward to buying a snack each day at our afternoon break. I also thought about the students and staff members that often purchased a snack for students that are less fortunate.”

She raised $250 from community donations to purchase the snack foods and launch the Summer Snacks feeding program through the youth services center.

“This program meant a lot to me, because it will help my peers,” Meadows said. “Everyone loves a good snack now and then. It’s fulfilling to know that 40-50 students will receive these snacks throughout the summer for free.”

The school’s youth services center will be responsible for distributing the snacks to students during the summer months.

“We have so many students that will get to enjoy these snacks throughout the summer,” said youth services director Michael Helton. “I am so appreciative for the Summer Snacks program.”

Each graduate of The Center for Rural Development’s Rogers Scholars program is required to complete a community service project. For more information about Rogers Scholars, visit www.centeryouthprograms.com.