Summer Meals for Kids at No Cost

Media Advisory - TOLEDO, Ohio - June 11, 2019

WHO

Summer Meal Partners of NW Ohio

(40+ stakeholders committed to increasing access to healthy foods and programming for kids 18 and under, including Partners in Education, ProMedica, Mercy Health, YMCA/Live Well, Communica, TARTA, Connecting Kids To Meals, Buckeye Health, St. Luke’s Foundation, A Village on Adams and OSU Extension Center)

WHAT

Kick-off for the 5 th summer meal program: open to public (space limited to 300), anyone can sample food that kids will eat this summer and talk to reps from some of the partners

Mayor Wade Kapszukiewicz, Beth Deakins of YMCA/Live Well, and others will share brief formal remarks at 11:45 am

WHEN

Tuesday, June 11, 11:30 am – 1 pm

WHERE

Wayman D. Palmer Community YMCA, 2053 N. 14 th Street

WHY

Thousands of kids face hunger in our area. Kids who rely on meals at school during the academic year often go without healthy foods in the summer months. In Lucas County alone, 40% of kids live in poverty. Families are struggling to make ends meet.

“This collaboration is vitally important because Summer Meal Partners is proof that community-wide efforts are possible. We are combating childhood hunger and work collectively to help some of our most vulnerable residents: hungry kids,” said Wendi Huntley, President of Connecting Kids to Meals.

CONTACT: Wendi Huntley, 419-720-1106, wendi@ConnectingKidsToMeals.org

There will be over 175 locations in the area this summer. The group also is working to fight the summer slide by working with partner sites to offer educational, enrichment, sports and fun activities. Partners include schools, libraries, churches, community centers, parks and other locations where kids gather. Last year, about 320,000 nutritious meals were provided to kids. Learn more at www.partnerstoledo.org.