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Trees of Hope: Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland - Dinner is Served

Darren Danielson
Updated: December 17, 2018 07:08 PM

We've been learning many things about the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland, how they inspire, encourage and empower kids to reach their full potential. But we are also learning of another critical service they provide.

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Kids have lots of energy and require lots of fuel for play, studying and growing. A huge part of what the clubs do every day, is provide hungry kids healthy snacks and meals.

At the Lincoln park boys and girls club, director Ted Hoffman says that's a big part of his role. "As of November of last year we can now officially be serving a dinner which is really awesome."

More than 68,000 healthy meals and snacks were served to hungry youth at their northland clubs last year alone. "For a lot of these kids, they are coming here right from school and this is their dinner", Hoffman told us.

Kids club members, 17 year old Anthony Miller is glad they do. "There's a lot of people who come here that don't have money, that come here to eat". Anthony's little brother K.K. told us his mom and dad appreciate it too. "It helps my family take care of me when they have to work, the Boys and Girls club takes care of us until like 8".

Lincoln park club director Ted Hoffman says the nutrition programs are designed to improve school readiness in kids by counter-acting childhood food insecurity. "Kids are always hungry, no matter what's going on especially coming after school, so just to kind of get some healthy food in their body to energize them for the rest of the day makes a huge difference".

WDIO and Hom furniture are proud to be featuring the Boys and Girls Clubs of the Northland in our Trees of Hope fundraising campaign.

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