Summer Food Program Grant from Wal-Mart and Boys & Girls Clubs Brought Healthy Eating to New York Children

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Ellen Lubell, (w) 212-949-4938, (c) 917-854-6864, ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org
Emily Crossan, (w) 917-286-1548, (c) 201-344-5742, emilyc@childrensaidsociety.org

Children’s Aid Society East Harlem Center Boys & Girls Club Celebrated Healthy Eating and Meaningful Time with Children at National Day for Kids

NEW YORK, September 30, 2010 – As the youth at The Children’s Aid Society East Harlem Center Boys & Girls Club celebrated the national Day for Kids, they did so with nutritious food courtesy of a Wal-Mart Summer Food Program grant. The Boys & Girls Clubs of America sets aside a day each year to celebrate and honor children by having significant adults in their lives spend meaningful time with them. Children’s Aid’s East Harlem Center celebrated by inviting parents to spend the afternoon playing games with their children. A healthy dinner and dance contest rounded out the day’s activities.

Four Children’s Aid Society community centers and schools in East Harlem, Harlem and Washington Heights were recipients of a Wal-Mart Summer Food Program grant, which provided funding for nutritious foods, such as fresh fruits and vegetables and whole grain crackers, as well as awareness of healthy eating habits.

About The Children’s Aid Society
The Children’s Aid Society is an independent, not-for-profit organization established to serve the children of New York City. Our mission is to provide comprehensive support for children in need, from birth to young adulthood, and for their families, to fill the gaps between what children have and what they need to thrive. Founded in 1853, Children’s Aid is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving New York’s neediest children. Services are provided in community schools, neighborhood centers, health clinics and camps. For additional information, please call 212-949-4938, email ellenl@childrensaidsociety.org, or visit www.childrensaidsociety.org.

About Boys & Girls Clubs of America
For more than 100 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of America (www.bgca.org) has enabled young people, especially those who need Clubs most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, some 4,000 Boys & Girls Clubs serve more than 4.2 million young people through Club membership and community outreach. Clubs can be found throughout the country and on U.S. military installations worldwide, providing young people 6-18 years old with guidance-oriented character development programs conducted by trained, professional staff. Key programs emphasize leadership development; education and career exploration; community service; technology training; financial literacy; health and life skills; the arts; sports, fitness and recreation; and family outreach. In a Harris Survey of alumni, 57 percent said the Club saved their lives. National headquarters are located in Atlanta.

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