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SPIKE Event Offers Fun Activities to Increase Attendance
Columbus – More than half a million children in Ohio – or one in five – live in food-insecure households, according to Children’s Hunger Alliance, a statewide nonprofit working to end childhood hunger. Childhood food insecurity means children are unsure where their next meal is coming from and don’t have enough food to sustain a healthy lifestyle. Summer is an especially difficult time because children who are a part of the National School Lunch Program lose this food safety net during the school break and only one in 10 children have access to a summer meal site. To help provide support to Columbus’ youth, and encourage healthy eating, Kisling, Nestico & Redick partnered with Children’s Hunger Alliance for a national event, SPIKE, to increase attendance at summer meal sites after the Fourth of July when attendance typically declines.
SPIKE is a field day at Livingston Elementary School that’s full of activities to get kids excited about attending the summer nutrition program. Games, face painting and other fun activities are offered, in addition to the healthy breakfast and lunch they receive daily through the program.
“Far too many kids in Ohio don’t know when and where their next meal will be, let alone if it will be healthy,” said Rob Nestico, managing partner at KNR. “By working with the Children’s Hunger Alliance, we at KNR are hoping to not only help more kids get the nutritious food they need, but to raise awareness around this critical issue and encourage others to help address it.”
KNR participated in the SPIKE field day as part of its year-long campaign, KNR Cares About Kids, which is focused on helping kids throughout Ohio reach their full potential. The law firm hopes its efforts will inspire others in the community to jump on board and pay it forward. KNR encourages everyone to share their deeds on social media using #KNRCares.
“Summer is a difficult time for a lot of families because of the added meal expenses and childcare costs,” said Judy Mobley, president and chief executive officer of Children’s Hunger Alliance. “We welcome all ages at our open summer meal sites to receive breakfast and lunch free of charge as well as engage in various enrichment activities in a safe environment. We appreciate the volunteer support of KNR and hope to establish it across Ohio in the future.”
KNR employees statewide are also participating in the “Lunch Money Challenge,” a fundraiser for Children’s Hunger Alliance which challenges people to consider giving up their lunch money to feed hungry children. KNR will match dollar for dollar the money donated by its employees. For more information, visit LunchMoneyChallenge.org.
For additional information about the two organizations, visit the Kisling, Nestico & Redick website or call 1-800-HURT-NOW or visit Children’s Hunger Alliance website.
About Kisling, Nestico & Redick
Kisling, Nestico & Redick provides sophisticated injury law representation to clients throughout Ohio. The firm has gained a reputation as one of the state’s leading personal injury firms due to a combination of personal service, inside knowledge of the insurance industry, and extensive legal experience. Founded in 2005, the firm has 11 locations, 39 lawyers and 130 support staff dedicated to seeking justice for victims injured in accidents.
About Children’s Hunger Alliance
Founded in 1970, Children’s Hunger Alliance is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger in Ohio. Through their work, Children’s Hunger Alliance provides healthy meals and snacks to hungry children, advocates for the welfare of Ohio’s youngest citizens and teaches nutrition and physical education to those they serve.