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Kids Cafe Program

"Knock Out" Child Hunger

Kids enjoy nutritious recipes served by Laila Ali during the kick-off of the new multi-year partnership with Uncle Ben’s and America’s Second Harvest Kids Cafe program.

"Did you know that more than 12 million children are food insecure," asks Laila Ali, celebrity athlete and champion of health and fitness. "That means that nearly one in five children in the U.S. doesn't have consistent access to enough food for a healthy, active life." America's Second Harvest, the nation's food bank network and the largest charitable hunger-relief organization in the country, supports several children-focused programs and encourages the involvement and support of organizations and companies in this battle. Laila Ali has teamed up with Uncle Ben's, a national sponsor of the Kids Cafe program, to help draw attention to the problem of childhood hunger and fund additional cafe openings in cities across the country over the next four years.

"On behalf of America's Second Harvest, we are happy to be partnering with Uncle Ben's to help us ex- pand the Kids Cafe program to reach even more children in need," said Vicki Escarra, President and CEO of America's Second Harvest. "With their support, we will be able to serve an additional 1,100 children and more than 150,000 servings of food each year."

Nationally launched in 1993, the Kids Cafe program is now the most expansive child-feeding program in the United States, providing nutritious free meals and snacks to low-income children through a variety of existing community locations such as Boys and Girls Clubs.

After 10 years of existence, the Center on Hunger and Poverty evaluated the effectiveness of the Kids Cafe program and found that it not only fights child hunger but also serves as a critical support system for families. Top improvements noted in children include earning better grades in school, having more energy, and having better concentration. Uncle Ben's, the number one rice brand in America, offers a wide range of nutritious rice dishes with flavors and textures that will help bring more to your meals both for convenient side dishes and savory main courses.

Did You Know?

In 2005, the poverty rate in the United States was 12.6 percent, meaning 37 million Americans were living below the poverty line. That's an increase of 6 million since the turn of the century. For a family of five in 2005, the poverty line established by the federal government was $23,613. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the state with the highest poverty rate was Mississippi, which indicates the larger poverty epidemic in the southeastern United States, which had five states among the 10 most impoverished.

The District of Columbia had the third highest poverty rate (19 percent) and also had the highest rate of children living in poverty (32.2 percent). As for cities with the highest poverty rate, the Census Bureau reports that in cities with a minimum population of 250,000, Cleveland, Ohio, had the highest poverty rate (32.4) followed by Detroit (31.4) and Miami (28.3). - by Metro News Service
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