Commissioner Dodge to Kick Off Summer Feeding Program at Field Day

(Cincinnati, OH) –Children’s Hunger Alliance partners with Commissioner Judy Dodge to kick off summer feeding at the agency’s Annual Dayton Summer Field Day for over 200 local kids.  The event will be held on Monday, June 11, 2012, from 10:00 am – 2:00 pm at McCabe Park, 3150 Home Ave, Dayton, OH.  Dayton Summer Field Day celebrates children who participate in Ohio’s Summer Food Service Program, which provides free meals for low-income children ages 1-18 during the summer months.  The annual event offers children free lunch, physical activities, arts and crafts, active games, music, and goody bags. 

Commissioner Dodge will be holding a press conference at Dayton Summer Field Day from 12:15 to 12:35pm to discuss summer feeding.  The press conference will include sponsors and sites supporting summer feeding and Dayton Summer Field Day, including Dayton Public Schools and New Life Community Church.

“I look forward to participating in Dayton’s summer feeding kick-off.  The Dayton Summer Field Day is a great way to kick-off the summer food programs.  This will be a fun event for children and their families.  There will be physical activities, games for all ages, and more” says Judy Dodge, Montgomery County Commissioner.  

Children’s Hunger Alliance works with Commissioner Judge Dodge, sponsors and sites to feed children in the summer.

“Children’s Hunger Alliance is pleased to work with Commissioner Dodge and Pastor Beverly Hayden of New Life Community Church in expanding Dayton’s summer feeding sites and sponsors.  We want to ensure more children in the area are receiving nutritious meals, engaging in physical activities in a safe place, and bridging the hunger gap for children between school years,” says Charlie Kozlesky, senior vice president, School and Summer Nutrition.

New Life Community Church provides meals to Dayton children as a sponsor and feeding site. 

"We have been feeding Dayton children during the summer months for years –and particularly, McCabe Park for Hilltop Homes for four years, says Dr. Beverly Hayden, senior pastor, New Life Community Church.  “We are excited to participate in Children’s Hunger Alliance’s Dayton Summer Field Day event to kick off summer feeding as this is a time for the whole city to come and be a part of the summer feeding program.”

Many low-income children rely on the nutritious meals they receive at school, but do not know where to turn in the summer.  Montgomery County has over 47,000 children eligible for free and reduced meals, but only 12 percent (about 5,700 children) are participating in Ohio’s summer feeding programs (Ohio Department of Education, 2011).  Children’s Hunger Alliance and Commissioner Dodge are celebrating local children at Dayton Summer Field Day and encouraging all parents to participate in the summer feeding program so their children can get free nutritious meals and physical activity during the summer.

 

About Children’s Hunger Alliance:

Children’s Hunger Alliance is the statewide nonprofit organization committed to breaking the cycle of childhood hunger through education, leadership, advocacy and service.  The agency does this by feeding hungry minds and bodies. The organization provides programs that directly feed children nutritious meals, educate them and their families about healthy eating, and engage children in physical activity.  Children’s Hunger Alliance also works with schools and other community based agencies to maximize children’s use of all child nutrition programs. To learn more, call (614) 341-7700 or (800) 227-6446 or visit www.childrenshungeralliance.org.

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