(Wilmington, DE. - January 10, 2023)-- Tony Windsor, Food Program Director for Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, has been named to No Kid Hungry’s 2023 Out of School Time Meals Champion Cohort. Tony is one of 12 professionals named to this cohort, who have been exemplary in their work to end hunger in their communities through the Summer and Afterschool Meals Programs.
Building on the work of a highly successful inaugural cohort, this group will work over the next year to raise awareness about the Summer and Afterschool Meals Programs, provide their support and expertise to new program sponsors, and work together to develop and share promising practices to providers across the country.
“Kids need proper nutrition to learn, thrive, and grow, both in school and out. These champions work tirelessly to ensure kids have access to three meals a day, every day. A huge part of this is getting them the food they need during times when school breakfasts and lunches aren’t available, like after school and over the summer,” says Paige Pokorney, Program Manager for the No Kid Hungry Center for Best Practices. “We’re so excited to work with and learn from these champions over the next 12 months.”
Ensuring children have access to meals when they’re not in school has always been important; that’s been clearer than ever in the recent past. This cohort seeks to build on that momentum going forward and will continue to innovate in a changing landscape to ensure no child goes without three healthy meals a day 365 days a year.
According to Windsor, having the opportunity to provide nutritious daily meals to young people throughout Delaware, is a worthy mission for Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware. “For more than 30 years, Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware has included feeding its youth members to be among the many valuable youth development opportunities the organization offers,” he said. “We are excited to provide over 2,000 meals daily to young people across the state. These include our club members, children participating in other community-based youth service agencies, libraries, and the Sussex Montessori School. Our desire is to continue seeking ways to partner with the communities we serve, and feed even more young people,” he said.
The full 2023 No Kid Hungry Out of School Time Meals Champion Cohort includes:
· Michelle Poirier, Jurupa Unified School District, CA
· Alexandra Molina, McAllen ISD, TX
· Andrea Garcia Schoelzel, Office of Children’s Affairs, City and County of Denver, CO
· Mary Rose Vanas, Shelby Public Schools, MI
· Debra Davidson, Arkansas City Recreation Commission, KS
· Maggie Lynch, MetroWest YMCA, MA
· Annette Dove, TOPPS, AR
· Jamie Kocsondy, Missoula Food Bank & Community Center, MT
· Kara Moore, Lowcountry Foodbank, SC
· Michael Clark, Crane School District, AZ
· Tony Windsor, Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware, DE
· Wendi Huntley, Connecting Kids to Meals, OH
About No Kid Hungry
No child should go hungry in America. But millions of kids in the United States live with hunger. No Kid Hungry is working to end childhood hunger by helping launch and improve programs that give all kids the healthy food they need to thrive. This is a problem we know how to solve. No Kid Hungry is a campaign of Share Our Strength, an organization committed to ending hunger and poverty.
About Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware
Since 1931 Boys & Girls Clubs of Delaware (bgclubs.org) has enabled young people most in need to achieve great futures as productive, caring, responsible citizens. Today, more than 40 Clubs serve over 30,000 children and teens through Club membership and community outreach. Located throughout the state, the Clubs also serve military families at the Boys & Girls Club-affiliated Youth Center at the Dover Air Force Base. Clubs provide a safe place, caring adult mentors, fun, friendship, and high-impact youth development programs on a daily basis during critical non-school hours. Boys & Girls Club programs promote academic success, good character and citizenship, and healthy lifestyles.