Our Challenge: Hungry Children, Summer Learning Loss
Each day in the greater Cincinnati area, more than one out of every five children experiences a hunger that significantly weakens his or her physical well-being, mental health and academic achievement. These children are hungry because their families are poor. Thanks to the USDA’s National School Lunch Program, many students in the Cincinnati Public Schools receive free or reduced-cost meals during the school year. At the beginning of each summer, however, the hunger returns—and the widening of the achievement gap resumes.
Our Solution: Summer Food Enrichment Program
Since 2005, Whole Again has provided free, full-day summer programming each weekday—including breakfasts and lunches, nutritional instruction, field trips and physical fitness education—to children from low-income families. Whole Again also partners with the Cincinnati Public Schools to provide nine hours of math and reading instruction per week, aligned to core curriculum standards, to better prepare each student for the upcoming school year.
Our Needs: Broad Support Creates Lasting Impact
While the USDA’s National Summer Food Service Program covers the cost of summer meals, Whole Again relies on charitable contributions to fund the educational activities that make this all-day program unique. Continued financial support from the community enables the Summer Food Enrichment Program to identify underprivileged children and work toward improving their minds, bodies and spirits. When every student is provided with a healthy opportunity to succeed in the classroom, Cincinnati is made whole, again.
"Whole Again has been delivering a high quality summer nutrition and compelling enrichment program for over 8 years. The Strive Partnership has been honored to work with Pastor Gregory Chandler, Sr. and his staff to help collect and integrate their participation data into our Learning Partner Dashboard. With a growing impact on over 1,500 children per day during the summer, we look forward to deepening our partnership with Whole Again in the years to come."
Greg Landsman, Executive Director
The Strive Partnership, KnowledgeWorks