Community Spotlight

CAYA Lunch Program

By Dan Pervose

During this pandemic, many families have been struggling due to reduced work hours, jobs completely eliminated and the requirements to shelter in place. Because of this, CAYA started our Summer Lunch Program 10 weeks early. Each meal bag delivered contains approximately 5 days worth of breakfast, lunch and snack for one child. To date, we have delivered over 30,700 meals.

And now, Paulding County schools are officially closed for the summer. Schools expect to reopen 10 weeks from now at the beginning of August. That’s 10 more weeks of Serving these families who have been hard hit by this crisis. Therefore, we are going to continue CAYA’s Lunch Program from now until the children go back to school in August.

But to do that, we need our community to help us to help them. This is a huge undertaking that depends on volunteer involvement. Each week we need volunteers to help us pack and deliver the meal bags. However, our biggest needs are for dood and financial donations. When we fall short on food donations, we need to supplement by purchasing dood so we have enough to fill the 600 plus bags that we are sending out each week. All of the meal bags are provided through the generous donations of people in our community.

Please consider getting involved in what God is doing right here in Paulding County as we serve and feed our children this summer. If you would live to volunteer, donate lunch supplies or give financially to this wonderful endeavor, please visit our website –, call 770-445-9303 or email