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Kids Cafe programs receive $55K for meals

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  January 22, 2013 03:48 PM

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The Greater Boston Food Bank received a boost of $50,000 for its Kids Café program.

The food bank’s Kids Café program received $50,000 from Shaw’s Supermarkets earlier this month to help support its efforts to provide meals to children outside of school hours.

“We’re proud of our long-standing partnership with The Greater Boston Food Bank, and we value our ability to help them provide much-needed food for local families who are struggling,” Mike Stigers, president of Shaw’s, said in a statement.

The Kids Café program provides meals to children during out of school hours when they may not be fed otherwise. The food bank partners with local Boys & Girls Clubs to feed nearly 1,000 children per day, five days a week.

Nearly 15 percent of U.S. households had limited access to adequate food because of a lack of money and other resources for at least some period of time in 2011, according to United States Department of Agriculture.

“Unfortunately, the number of people who are going hungry continues to rise. That need takes on an extra level of urgency when you realize how many children don’t have access to meals during non-school hours,” Stigers said. “That’s why the Kids Cafe program is so important, and we are grateful to be able to help support it.”

The Yawkey Club of Roxbury, one of the Boys and Girls Clubs with a Kids Cafe program also received a $5,000 donation for the program.

The donations will allow the program to provide an additional 118,000 meals to children across eastern Massachusetts, according to Catherine D’Amato, president and CEO of The Greater Boston Food Bank.

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