FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE)—The Fort Wayne Parks and Recreation Department donated funds Wednesday to help a program that fights childhood hunger in the community.
Mayor Tom Henry and the Parks & Recreation Department’s Employee Task Force presented a check for $3,085.50 to the Community Harvest Food Bank for its The Kids Cafe program.
The check will help The Kids Cafe which serves more than 500 children after school meals nearly every day.
“Education is so important for young children and they need to be thinking about what’s in their book, what was heard in their class, rather than where their next meal is going to come from” said Steve Corona, the Resource development officer and grant writer for Community Harvest Food Bank. “We want them to study hard, and it’s a heck of a lot easier if they have food in their stomach”.
The funding will also provide Kids BackPack that helps feed students on weekends or during school vacations when some kids have limited and in some cases, no access to food. Community Harvest Food Bank distributes 147 BackPacks weekly at seven different sites.
This was the first time the task force raised money for the food bank. Previously the Parks & Recreation Department’s Employee Task Force raised money for Operation Stocking Stuffer, which provided a party with presents to local underprivileged youth, as well as money for the American Cancer Society’s Breast Cancer Walk.
Kids Cafe and the Kids BackPack are national programs to help the nearly 16 million kids that live in food insecure households, according to Feeding America.