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MEMPHIS, Tenn. (FOX13) -

Dozens of needy children in Memphis did not go hungry thanks to your donation.

An after-school program took a punch to the gut from the government shutdown and halted funding to supply hot meals to needy children. The organization which runs the USDA program had decided Monday to supply hot meals on a limited basis to Powerlines Community Network's after-school programs.

It didn't happen but children still had something to eat. 

MORE: Daycare loses food in wake of government shutdown

There was no definitive answer Monday evening although it's believed it could have been a supply or paperwork issue. Still about 30 youngsters came to the center to eat and learn thanks to Mid-Southerner who answering the call for donations.

They munched on snacks, fruit cups, juice and other healthy treats donated by FOX!3 News viewers.

Eulicia Green, a parents who volunteers at the Hickory Hill neighborhood, was grateful for the donations.

"when they walked in and saw they got snacks, it made them joyous and eager to learn," Green said.

Twana Whitlock, the on-site coordinator for Powerlines Community Centers, believes food helps a child learn.

"When they eat, they are more receptive to get their homework done, sit down with the tutor and be mentored," Whitlock said.

Five days after learning food was being cut to the after-school program Building Futures, the program that administers the USDA funds to buy the meals, promised hot meals by Monday but none arrived. It could have a been a paperwork issue since funding now comes from the State of Tennessee and not the federal government.

It's only temporary said Whitlock.

"They will know and let us know Thursday morning if they will continue to serve the hot food through the shutdown," she said.

Donations are being accepted at Agape Memphis

  • Juice
  • Water bottles
  • Healthy snacks such as:
    o   Chex mix
    o   Nutri-grain bars
    o   Fruit cups
    o   Non-perishable snack foods
    •         Applesauce
    •         Popcorn

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