FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Melanie Ryan
Director, Communications & Marketing
Children’s Hunger Alliance
Hunger doesn’t take a break, especially for food insecure children, the Children’s Hunger Alliance (CHA) Weekend Meals Program helps to fill this meal gap. Recent funding from CareSource will allow CHA to expand the Weekend Meal Program to additional early childcare and head start programs throughout Ohio.
“CareSource is pleased to partner with Children’s Hunger Alliance to help fund the expansion of the weekend meal distribution program,” said Steve Ringel, CareSource Ohio Market President. “By working together, we will be able to improve access to meals for children when school meals are not available. Our partnership with Children’s Hunger Alliance enables many young Ohioans to have a consistent supply of nutritious food as part of their diet.”
Weekend Meal boxes consist of two breakfasts and three lunches/dinners, with each package consisting of a complete meal that meets USDA nutritional requirements. This endeavor with CareSource will ensure that children in the care of participating early childcare and head start centers have nutritious meals beyond Monday to Friday. Having reliable access to food has a positive impact on the physical, mental, and emotional health of young children.
“Children’s Hunger Alliance is so grateful to have a partner like CareSource, who recognized the need to feed more children and was willing to come along side us in this fight against childhood hunger,” said Judy Mobley, President and CEO.
CareSource has been a longstanding supporter of CHA collaborating on projects such as meal distributions during the pandemic, nutritious meal training programs for childcare centers, and execution of the Eat, Play, Grow curriculum in Child Care Centers. CHA is very thankful for allies like CareSource, that want to make sure Ohio’s children don’t go hungry.
To learn more about CHA’s Weekend Meal Program, visit https://childrenshungeralliance.org/weekend-meals/.
To learn more about CareSource, visit https://www.caresource.com/about-us/.
About Children’s Hunger Alliance
Since 1970, CHA has worked to ensure that children across Ohio have access to the food they need to live a healthy life. Through their work, CHA provides healthy meals to hungry children, advocates for the welfare of Ohio’s youngest citizens, and teaches nutrition and physical education. For more information, please visit www.childrenshungeralliance.org.
CareSource is a nonprofit, nationally recognized managed care organization with over 2 million members. Headquartered in Dayton, Ohio since its founding in 1989, CareSource administers one of the largest Medicaid managed care plans in the U.S. The organization offers health insurance, including Medicaid, Health Insurance Marketplace and Medicare products. As a mission-driven organization, CareSource is transforming health care with innovative programs that address the social determinants of health, health equity, prevention and access to care. For more, visit www.caresource.com, follow @caresource on Twitter, or like CareSource on Facebook.