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1/3/2013 - South Side Leader
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Entries being sought for six creative contests

SOUTH AKRON — Several creative contests for children now are under way for next April’s 26th annual Child & Family Awareness Month celebration coordinated by Summit County Children Services (SCCS).

The six individual contests are part of a month-long effort to help build a solid foundation of community support for children and families and help raise the awareness of child abuse prevention.

Children in kindergarten through fifth grades can participate in a poster/slogan contest completing the phrase “A Family Is …” The grand-prize winning poster/slogan will be used as the theme for the 27th annual Child & Family Awareness Month in April 2014.

Children in sixth through eighth grades can participate in two different contests: the storybook and public service announcement (PSA) contests, with entries to cover the topic “A Family Is Timeless,” which is the slogan for the upcoming 26th annual Child & Family Awareness Month celebration.

Youths in ninth through 12th grades are invited to participate in three separate contests: jingle/song/rap, essay and poetry contests focusing on the phrase “A Family Is …”

The deadline for all entries is Feb. 1. Entries should be sent to SCCS, 264 S. Arlington St., Akron, OH 44306. Contest winners will be recognized at an awards ceremony March 31 (invitations will be mailed to the winners and their families).

Winners will receive gift cards and special awards, and the winning entries will be on display during April at a prominent public location to be announced.

For more information on the Child & Family Awareness Month Creative Contests, contact Sandy DeLuca at 330-379-1994 or sdeluca@summit kids.org.

Kaiser Permanente continues partnership with Foodbank

Becky Conley and Jennifer Prather, of Kaiser Permanente, display a sample of a Kid Power Pack with a cardboard cutout of “Kate.” Kate represents the many food-insecure children in the Foodbank’s service region, according to Foodbank officials.
Photo courtesy of Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank
DOWNTOWN AKRON — Kaiser Permanente Ohio has awarded a Thriving Communities Grant of $15,000 to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank to work toward alleviating childhood hunger in Summit County.

This donation will help provide children with regular access to safe and nutritious food through the Foodbank’s Kid Power Pack program, according to Foodbank officials.

Kid Power Packs are nutritional, pre packed meals that food-insecure children are given in a backpack when they leave school over the weekends. In the Foodbank’s eight-county service area, approximately 84,000 children experience food insecurity, according to Foodbank officials. Due to the partnership with Kaiser Permanente, 30,000 meals will be distributed through this program before the end of the 2012-13 school year.

During the 2011-12 year, the Foodbank distributed more than 16,000 meals to children struggling with hunger by launching the Kid Power Pack program in collaboration with Kaiser Permanente, Keith and Linda Monda and the Millennium Fund for Children of the Akron Community Foundation. This school year, the Foodbank plans to double the amount of meals distributed to children by continuing these partnerships.

“The Foodbank is always looking for innovative ways, like the Kid Power Packs, to fight hunger,” said Dan Flowers, president and CEO of the Foodbank. “We are proud to work with partners in our community like Kaiser Permanente, who support these initiatives.”

Kid Power Packs are assembled by Foodbank volunteers and contain a variety of children-friendly, easy-to-open items like cereal or trail mix that follow nutritional guidelines of the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Torchbearers to host 10th Anniversary Reception

AKRON — Torchbearers, a young professional leadership development organization, will host its 10th annual Anniversary Reception Feb. 28 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Tangier, 532 W. Market St.

This signature event, attended by more than 250 community leaders, will feature several announcements to commemorate the organization’s 10th anniversary. Additional details will be released in early February.

“We will celebrate the work of our dedicated members, thank key leaders in the community for their support and reflect on the impact the organization has had on the Akron area over the past 10 years,” said Kyle Kutuchief, press secretary. “Through Torchbearers, we are helping to ensure a vibrant, enduring culture of diverse leadership in Greater Akron that sustains and improves the region’s quality of life.”

This event is free and open to the public. Cocktails and hors d’oeuvres will be provided. Registration is encouraged by Feb. 25 and available at the website www.torchbear ersakron.com.

Stephanie Kist contributed to these reports.

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