Your Support Provides Needed After-School Meals
Since late 2013, Hana Mohammad has worked as the site coordinator for the Horizon Education Centers after-school program at Charles A. Mooney Middle School. Now that another school year is underway, she’s back to helping dozens of hungry kids each weekday afternoon through the Kids Cafe program.
The food is provided in partnership with the Greater Cleveland Food Bank, but it wasn’t always that way. About two years ago, the school struggled to feed everyone enrolled in the after-school program.
“[The kids] used to say how hungry they were,” Hana recalls.
Today, with a boost of energy from the healthy, filling snacks, the children Hana serves are more prepared to do their homework, receive tutoring and play. This is a huge help to Hana, who says the food keeps kids focused, with fewer behavior problems when she and the teachers see them.
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.”