CHINA GROVE — The Salisbury Rowan Association of Realtors has donated $2,000 to the Rowan-Salisbury Schools Summer Meals Program.
The donation was the result of a June golf tournament.
“We’re really grateful,” said Lisa Altmann, RSS director of school nutrition.
The money will support the Summer Meals Program and ‘iRead, iFeed” initiative, which provides free books to children who receive summer meals.
During the July 22 tournament at Revival Golf Course, Altmann and other district food service workers talked to participants about the Summer Meals Program.
Each summer, school nutrition employees provide breakfast and lunch for thousands of Rowan County children at no cost. Roughly 65 percent of RSS students qualify for free and reduced-price lunch, and many would not have access to regular meals during the summer without the program. The Summer Meals Program is funded by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
Altmann and her staff also told participants about the program’s “Yum Yum” buses — school buses equipped with diner-style seating that serve the most rural sections of Rowan County.
“I think a lot of people learned a lot,” she said.
Mary Arey, an association member, said the information was beneficial and educational to everyone who participated.
“A lot of players were not Realtors, so people in the community got to learn a lot, too,” she said.
“It’s a complete team effort,” she said.