Non-profit builds confidence in young girls one meal at a time

Once a week, the kitchen at City Church is full of giggles and that’s because a group of girls has taken it over. The young girls who live in east Charlotte are brought to the church for comradery and a life lesson.

The girls roll up their sleeves and get to work. They are tasked with helping prepare dinner. It’s more than just getting dinner ready they are learning how to make healthy choices.

“We are learning how to eat healthy and stay fit,” explained young Kamia Madwood.

She’s one of many girls taking part in the evening class.

Jenny Meadows leads the health initiative through the Abandon Project. The non-profit started as an informal Wednesday night program several years ago and has grown since then. The group is dedicated to helping children with absent fathers and broken families.

“We talk about how we can take what our parents may have and make healthy meals that will fuel our bodies and help us learn and have more energy,” explained Meadows.

“We can’t do it by ourselves. It takes a village,” said Cathy Jones who is also involved with the organization.

With more volunteers the group hopes to help even more children.

The weekly meal comes with a side of activities designed to encourage and teach the girls.

“Their dreams and their future mean something. We want to nourish their bodies so the will get to their dreams,” said Meadows.

These girls have big dreams.

“I want to be a football player,” said Kamia.

Another girl said she wants to be a chef.

The Abandon Project works with both girls and boys.

The non-profit has an event coming up on February 7 at Resident Culture Brewing Company from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. if you’d like to learn more.