Afterschool Meals Make an Impact in Cincinnati

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CINCINNATI – Activities Beyond the Classroom joined Children’s Hunger Alliance, a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger in Ohio, to provide 25,535 snacks and dinners to students in five Cincinnati Public Schools afterschool programs last school year. The students at Frederick Douglas, Pleasant Hill Academy, Riverview East Academy, Roberts Paideia Academy and Winton Hills Academy enjoyed healthy hot meals and snacks that exceeded USDA nutritional standards while attending the enrichment program. The nutrition program will continue at select sites this school year.

Brian Leshner, Executive Director of Activities at Beyond the Classroom applauded the partnership and the hundreds of students whose lives were improved by the joint activity.

“As a result, participation in our programs have been shown to improve children’s nutritional intake, develop healthy eating habits, and improve school attendance and academic performance,” Leshner said.

Activities Beyond the Classroom offers enrichment and activities including sports (athletics), the arts and expanded learning opportunities. Children’s Hunger Alliance is an Ohio leader working to provide access to healthy meals for children who are at-risk of food insecurity. The organization focuses on ensuring children have their nutrition needs met. The organization works with vendors to offer mostly hot afterschool meals that include a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and protein, while limiting processed foods.

“Nearly 40,000 children in Hamilton County do not have consistent access to the nutrition their bodies and minds need to grow and thrive,” said Judy Mobley, President and CEO of Children’s Hunger Alliance. “A healthy meal at the end of the school day helps students focus on their studies and ensures they do not go to bed without dinner. We appreciate our partnership with Activities Beyond the Classroom.”

As a sponsor of the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program administered by the Ohio Department of Education, Children’s Hunger Alliance contracts with Aunty’s Homemade Foods to provide daily deliveries of meals and snacks to more than 70 afterschool programs throughout Cincinnati.
Children’s Hunger Alliance partners with family child care providers, daycare centers, school districts and afterschool and summer nutrition programs throughout Ohio to help provide millions of healthy meals and snacks for children in their care, as well as nutrition and physical education to children and their families.


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