“Kids need proper nutrition to learn, thrive, and grow—every day of the year. These champions have been working tirelessly to ensure kids have the food they need, whether schools are open or not,” says Paige Pokorney.
KCEOC Community Action Partnership’s Community Resource and Wellness Director, Brendia Moses has been named as No Kid Hungry’s 2022-2023 Out of School Time Meals Champion Cohort. Brendia Moses is one of only 10 professionals’ nationwide named to this inaugural group of cohorts, all of which have been exemplary in their work to end hunger in their communities through the Summer and Afterschool Meals Programs.
Ensuring children have access to meals when they’re not in school has always been important, but the pandemic has magnified the importance of the out of school meals. When the schools have to suddenly close, and class work becomes increasingly virtually held, many people worry about the children who are dependent on those meals to meet their nutritional requirements. School Dietary Staff and Community-based Organizations have chosen to step up to get meals out the door and into the hands of these children. For nearly two years, these cohorts and their staff have pivoted and re-pivoted to be able to serve meals in creative yet safe ways, guaranteeing kids are fed, nourished, and safe throughout the COVID-19 crisis.
Over the next year, these special cohorts will work to raise awareness about the Summer and Afterschool Meals Programs, provide their expertise and support 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—every day of the year. These champions have been working tirelessly to ensure kids have the food they need, whether schools are open or not,” 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.”
“We at KCEOC CAP are dedicated to eradicating poverty in all of its forms; we stand by our Community Action Promise to help others help themselves and each other. Hungry children cannot focus on learning; this not only hinders their future potential, but also our future communities. We give a voice to the poor and vulnerable families in our communities, and we listen to them on how to remove barriers to best serve them. KCEOC’s goal is to help eliminate childhood hunger in Southeastern Kentucky now and forever. When we feed children nutritious foods- We are feeding HOPE, one meal at a time!” Says Brendia Moses, Community Resource and Wellness Director for KCEOC Community Action Partnership.
The full 2022-2023 roster of No Kid Hungry Out of School Time Meals Champion Cohorts include:
- Brendia Moses, KCEOC Community Action Partnership
- Eugenie Sellier, Alabama Food Bank Association
- Jeremy Hahn, Life360 Community Services
- Constance Moore, YMCA of Memphis & The Mid-South
- Jennifer Brown, Swain County Schools
- Melissa Weissler, Operation Food Search
- Jeffry Snyder, Osage Prairie YMCA
- Walter Campbell, Charleston County School District
- Lynsi Barnhill, Paducah Public Schools
- Nicole Lowe, YMCA of Greater Seattle
About No Kid Hungry: No child should go hungry in America. But in the wake of the corona virus pandemic, 1 in 6 kids could face hunger in 2021. 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 KCEOC Community Action Partnership: As one of the original 23 Community Action Agencies formed in 1964 after President Lyndon Johnson declared a “War on Poverty,” KCEOC Community Action Partnership has been helping others help themselves for over 57 years. This help has come in many forms, from early childhood education, to housing and food assistance, to weatherizing homes, to providing emergency services. The agency has served thousands of area residents in need and is constantly developing new programming to meet those needs, as well as serving as an advocate and voice for those who need a hand up.
With an original service area of one county, KCEOC now provides services in 16 counties in eastern and central Kentucky. We are constantly adapting our service delivery model to accommodate the rapidly changing times we are in and are able to provide services in the direst circumstances.