Free haircuts and after-school meals are being offered at the Boys and Girls Club of Alma.

At least five stylists from local salons will be at the Alma Club Monday, Aug. 12 from 2-6 p.m. to give free cuts to kids for the start of the new school year.

Jessica Flores and Jennifer Villines from Family Hair Professionals, Kaytlin Wagner and Nerrisa Hibbard from Designer Salon, and Brandie Rush from Hair Depot are volunteering their time and skills to provide the cuts to kids who need them, said Marcus Battles, director for the Boys and Girls Club of Alma.

A limited number of school supplies are also being given away before the start of school, Battles said.

Starting Aug. 19, the first day of classes for Alma students, an after-school meal program will begin at the club, he said.

Healthy evening meals will be available for free to any hungry child throughout the school year, Battles said. The meal will be offered at the club from 4-5 p.m. Monday through Friday.

Free meals will be offered to all children from age 4-19, both members and non-members, Battles said.

"If they don’t have a place to go and they’re hungry, they can come and we’ll feed them," Battles said.

Kids also will get an evening snack that will include items such as juice and a granola bar before 6 p.m., he said.

The meals are being offered through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Food Program, and as such follow USDA guidelines for free and reduced price meals.

Evening meals will be available to kids for the entire school year except for major holidays, Battles said.

Battles asks that any kids who plan to eat at the club call or have an adult call so that enough food is prepared, he said.

For more information about free haircuts or the meal program call (479) 632-2070.