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Mr. Met Teams with Food Bank to Launch NY's First Asian-American Kids Cafe and Strike Out Hunger

Unique After-School Meals Program for 100 Kids Kicks Off on National Hunger Awareness Day, June 5

The "Amazin'!" Mr. Met — joined by 100 children (ages 5–12) — is going to bat against childhood hunger by pitching in to kick off the grand opening of Food Bank For New York City's and NY's first Asian-American Kids Cafe (one of only four in the US) on National Hunger Awareness Day, Tuesday, June 5, 4pm at East-West Kids Cafe, Hamilton-Madison House, 50 Madison Street, (Two Bridges/Chinatown Community), Manhattan. According to a new opinion poll report — released today by the Food Bank — in 2006, 44 percent of households with children experienced difficulty affording needed food, an increase from almost one-third (32 percent) in 2003. Further, nearly one in five New York City children rely on emergency food programs such as soup kitchens and food pantries.

Mr. Met will lead all 100 kids in a carnival of fitness and nutrition activities including: Get fit with yoga, Hip Hop, and a chopstick and cotton ball relay race; push-ups, jumping jacks; preparing fresh wraps (Chinese veggies, chicken and fruit); creating art bowls and cups and a quick game of ‘food groups' twister.

The Food Bank's Kids Cafe Program — an after-school meals program for children from low-income families — plays a central role in helping to end childhood hunger across the city. More than meals, each of the Food Bank's 18 Kids Cafe programs has its own unique identity and offers educational and cultural activities that match the diverse needs of the community with emphasis on nutrition and fitness.

Mr. Met Teams with Food Bank For New York City to launch City's first Asian-American Kids Cafe Program to focus attention on childhood hunger.
WHO: 100 Children
Lucy Cabrera, President & CEO, Food Bank For New York City
Thea Goodman, Program Director, East-West Kids Cafe
WHEN: National Hunger Awareness Day, Tuesday, June 5
4:00 pm
WHERE: East-West Kids Café, Hamilton-Madison House
50 Madison Street, Two Bridges/Chinatown Community


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