The Cleveland Browns supported the Children’s Hunger Alliance (CHA) and their efforts to sign up new children for the organization’s After-School Food Program with a “Pop-Up Party” at the Michael Zone Recreation Center on Tuesday.
The event also helped create awareness about the services offered by the Children’s Hunger Alliance for families who visit the recreation center.
Several Browns players, including linebacker
“Growing up in the inner city of Los Angeles, coming to rec centers like the Michael Zone Recreation Center in Cleveland helped to surround me with positive influences throughout my life,” Owens said. “Today was great to visit with the kids here. We exercised and food was available for the kids through Children’s Hunger Alliance.”
Johnson added, “When I was growing up, my local YMCA was the first group I really felt a part of. Having a YMCA or rec available with organized activities helped me to stay out of trouble after school let out. Most of these kids that are here today were like me, parents didn’t get home until 5 p.m. and school was out at 2:30 p.m., so having this available really kept me on the right track and helped us stay together.”
The Children’s Hunger Alliance directly feeds children nutritious meals through the CHA-sponsored child-care centers and after-school programs. The agency’s mission is to increase children’s access to healthy and nutritious food in school and summer-feeding locations. It teaches children about making healthy food choices and incorporates physical activity to reduce childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles.
To learn more visit, http://www.ChildrensHungerAlliance.org.