Boys & Girls Clubs Partner with Morgan Stanley to Launch "Million Meal Summer" Program
Program to Provide 83,500 Meals to Boys & Girls Club Members at 16 Children’s Aid Society Sites in New York City
New York, August 3, 2009 – In an effort to feed the millions of young people expected to miss meals or go hungry this summer, Morgan Stanley (NYSE:MS) announced a partnership with The Children’s Aid Society Boys & Girls Clubs of New York to provide 83,500 meals and 66,000 snacks to children this summer. Through a donation from the Morgan Stanley Foundation to BGCA, the “Million Meal Summer” program will dispense more than one million wholesome, free meals and snacks to children nationwide this summer who typically receive subsidized meals during the school year.
In conjunction with providing meals and snacks, the Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital of New York-Presbyterian will offer comprehensive nutritional information for all participants to take home to parents.
“This summer, nearly 15 million school children in this country will go without the lunchtime meals provided to them during the school year,” said John J. Mack, Chairman and CEO of Morgan Stanley. “The reason we are doing this is quite simple. Faced with the current economic challenges, many families are struggling to provide their children with healthy meals. It is part of our Firm’s culture to act when we learn that one out of six children in the U.S. will not be getting enough to eat.”
Boys & Girls Clubs of America, through its summer programs and network of more than 4,300 community-based Clubs, will distribute meals to hungry children.
“We are extremely grateful to the Morgan Stanley Foundation for their generous support that will ensure the young people we serve this summer will not go hungry,” said C. Warren Moses, CEO of The Children’s Aid Society Boys & Girls Clubs of New York. “The economic downturn that has impacted the entire country has been deeply felt by our Clubs, and many summer food programs have been placed in jeopardy. Hopefully others will follow Morgan Stanley’s lead. We are also grateful to Robert Gardiner, Kevin Watson and countless Morgan Stanley volunteers for decades of support.”
During the school year, more than half of the 31 million children who participate in the National School Lunch Program are low-income. Last year, the Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program for Children (SFSP) provided nearly 130 million meals to 2.1 million children across the country. The program reimburses organizations for meals served, but often does not cover the infrastructure or programming costs organizations incur when operating a summer program for children.
“The Summer Food Service Program is a vital nutrition resource during the months students are not in school,” said Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. “We know that there are many children who need nutritious food but don’t have access to a program in their area. We need more organizations to sponsor sites and sponsors need additional resources from the community in order to succeed in reaching children who need meals. Ongoing partnerships like this one are key to making sure our children have healthy meals during the school year, during the summer months, and all year long.”
For more than 30 years, Morgan Stanley has invested in innovative pediatric care through the Firm’s signature Global Alliance for Children’s Health program. For more information on the Morgan Stanley Foundation and its programs, please visit www.morganstanley.com/globalcitizen.
About Morgan Stanley
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About The Children’s Aid Society, Boys & Girls Clubs of New York
The Children’s Aid Society (www.childrensaidsociety.org) was founded in 1853. It is one of the nation’s largest and most innovative non-sectarian agencies, serving 150,000 of New York’s neediest children and their families with a network of services that includes adoption and foster care services, teen pregnancy prevention, education, health, juvenile justice, arts programming and recreation. The Children's Aid Society is a founding member of the Boys & Girls Clubs of America and the vast majority of Children’s Aid sites are Boys & Girls Clubs. For more information, please call 212-949-4938 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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