Your Support Provides Needed After-School Meals
Keandre and Keishan
After school, five-year-old Keandre and his friend, Keishan, make the short trip from Prospect Elementary School across the street to Kingdom Grace Fellowship Church. Four days a week, the church’s fellowship space transforms into Zoe’s Learning Center, a Kid’s Café program partner of the Greater Cleveland Food Bank. There, elementary students are given the quality support they need to exceed in school. They’ll eat a healthy meal and then work on reading and homework.
“Today we had meatballs!” says an excited Keandre (pictured right). “We also had oranges and bread,” Keishan reminds him with a playful grin. Both boys have plates full of healthy proteins, child-friendly vegetables, and are chomping on orange pieces.
After the children finish their meals, it’s reading time. A focused hush falls over the room, as students grab books from the shelves and sit quietly. With full bellies, these kids know hunger won’t be interrupting this study session.
Thanks to your support, the Greater Cleveland Food Bank partners with Kid’s Café sites throughout our six county service area. This program is important – you’re supporting children’s futures.
“Thank you!” Keandre and Keishan exclaim! Then, both boys giggle and immediately turn their attention back to what’s most important to growing boys: their nutritious meals.
But the story doesn’t end at Mooney Middle School. With your partnership, the Food Bank is able to work closely with many other after-school and summer child feeding sites like the Kids Cafe Hana manages. Through Kids Cafe, BackPacks for Kids and our new School Markets program, we’re working to ensure no child has to experience the pain of an empty stomach.
As she prepares to go home after another successful day of feeding young minds — and stomachs — Hana thanks you for making all this possible.
“I appreciate that you’re able to provide for this program,” Hana says. “I don’t know where we would turn without it.”