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by Abi DobsonStudent Contributor

ALC’s Phi Beta Lambada (PBL) was recently recognized for its “Power-Up with Nutrition” community service project at the Knott County Board of Education. This project packs food bags and delivers them to students in local elementary schools who have limited access to food. Superintendent Brent Hoover states, “Through its ‘Power-Up with Nutrition Program,’ Alice Lloyd College’s PBL Club has provided weekend snack packs to students in our school system for the past seven years, and we wanted to recognize and honor them for this countless service to our students and families. Mrs. Alice Lloyd firmly believed the leaders are here and devoted her life to serving our young people here in the mountains of Eastern Kentucky. To make those leaders, it starts with meeting those basic needs first, and that is what the PBL Club is doing.”

In 2014, PBL started packing food bags to give to elementary schools in the community for students who may not have access to food at home. Over the years, they have increased their food bag production from 15 to 30 food bags per week that are distributed throughout Jones Fork Elementary School, Beaver Elementary School, and Cordia Elementary School throughout the week. They have plans to double their food bag production to 60 bags to meet the immense need in the community. Mrs. Denise Jacobs, the faculty supervisor of PBL, says, “Our PBL members have been extremely dedicated to this worthwhile and needed community service project.” Through the service of students, faculty, and staff, Mrs. Lloyd’s mission has continued to make a difference in the Appalachian region.