Efforts underway to help students who rely on school meals during 3-week spring break
WLWT Channel 5
Knox Presbyterian Church
Childhood Food Solutions expands winter break food distribution to health clinics.
WCPO’s article on how Childhood Food Solution expanded their program to deliver dozens of additional sacks to four public health clinics in the city.
Channel 12 Top Stories Video Spotlights Childhood Food Solutions.
November 10, 2015
Cincinnati’s Channel 12 broadcasted a clip about Childhood Food Solutions.
The video does a great job explaining CFS which targets elementary school students in the 45225 ZIP code that includes Millvale and North Fairmount providing nutritional care packages to help cover the days kids don’t get meals at school.
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July Brings Baseball – And Hungry Kids.
April 20, 2015
Late July is said to be one of the toughest times for food insecure kids. Between July 14 and 31, the city’s 16,000 elementary school students will miss out on 208,000 lunches they would have received if school had been in session.
So this year, Childhood Food Solutions’ goal is to distribute 16,000 sacks of basic groceries.[ Learn More ]
Reaching More Children.
CFS has expanded the number of children being served this year from 1,000 to over 4,000, filling the major food gaps – especially the winter, spring and summer breaks – for these children.
Oranges from Green BEAN Delivery.
This is exciting! We received publicity during the Pledge Drive for WGUC (90.9), WVXU (91.7) and WMUB (88.5) and any pledge meant that Green BEAN Delivery will provide 2 lbs. of oranges to CFS! We will deliver the oranges along with the winter break sacks.
More Determined Than Ever!
One of the effects of my heart attack has been to make me more determined than ever to fight for food-insecure children. As well as continuing to provide food for our Cincinnati children, CFS must influence others to copy what we do. This requires thinking differently about the role of schools in the life of children whose family situation does not always provide food to fuel their learning.
I believe that the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) has to become a “Year-round Student Nutrition Program”. The NSLP provides food on 180 school days which is 50% of the year. This leaves 185 non-school days where 50% of a food-insecure child’s brain development takes place. In fact, nutrition contributes to the child’s physical, mental and emotional development.
Food-insecure children need year-round nutritional support if they are to become productive citizens.
In our ten years, CFS has developed methods for year-round food distribution. Academic and health measurements have improved but statistics cannot “prove” gains for such a small sample. Going forward, we hope to see similar improvements in statistics for all the children we can reach.