A former Albertville resident recently donated to Marshall County Schools, paying off the remaining debt of the school system’s child nutrition program.
Chase Elmore, who now resides in Mountain Brook, donated $2,000 to the program, which will help feed close to 250 students, program supervisor Casey Partain said.
“We are very appreciative of his kindness,” she said.
A 2002 graduate of Albertville High School, Elmore said he decided to make the donation after his wife, who teaches first grade at a school in Hoover, told him about the program.
“After learning about the debt that schools can accumulate and that children who owed money could only eat certain food items, we wanted to help, both the schools and the child in any way possible,” he said.
“I think it is wonderful that schools are able to offer federally assisted meal programs for both breakfast and lunch,” Elmore added. “I grew up in a household where I was fortunate enough to always have a nutritious meal, and now schools are able to provide that during school hours.”
The vice president of Nextpaybill — an electronic bill payment service — Elmore said he has worked with utility companies across the country, including those in Marshall County.
“I am fortunate enough to work with most of the utility companies in Marshall County, which is just another reason we wanted to give back to the community,” he said. “Marshall County is a wonderful place to grow up. The county and its residents have always taken care of me, and I am happy to give back in any way possible.”
Last year, Elmore and his wife donated to Hoover City Elementary Schools.
Partain said Marshall County also received a $1,000 donation in January from Pat Moon in honor of his late wife, Dovie Ann McAllister Moon.