Monday, July 30, 2007

$10K Grant Helps Feed Needy Kids

RENO, Nev. — The Food Bank of Northern Nevada received a $10,000 grant from Arrow Electronics, Inc. in support of its free after-school meal program for children in low- income neighborhoods in Washoe County. The Arrow Electronics grant sponsors three Kids Cafe sites in neighborhoods where more than 80 percent of the children are eligible for free or reduced price school meals. Now, these children can receive one free, complete evening meal after school every weekday during the school year.

“Arrow is pleased to support the contributions and commitment of the Food Bank of Northern Nevada in its mission to ensure children don’t go hungry and have access to nutritious meals,” said Mike Richardson, general manager, Arrow Electronics in Reno. Reno is home to more than 500 Arrow employees and is the location for one of Arrow’s distribution and programming facilities.

Through Kids Cafe, many low-income children have access to a healthy meal that might not otherwise be available to them. There are more than 22,000 children (more than 37 percent) in Washoe County schools who are eligible for free or reduced price school meals. More than 1,000 Kids Cafe meals are served daily during the school year to children at dinner sites. All children ages 1-18 from the neighborhood are welcomed and fed.

The Food Bank of Northern Nevada is a regional distribution and support system for more than 100 different direct-service, non-profit agencies serving the needy, the ill, the elderly and children. Its partner agencies include emergency food pantries and senior meal programs, sliding scale day care centers, drug and alcohol rehabilitation centers, family and domestic
violence shelters and various youth programs, all of which offer meals or snacks.

Arrow Electronics is a global provider of products, services and solutions to industrial and commercial users of electronic components and computer products. Headquartered in Melville, N.Y., Arrow serves as a supply channel partner for more than 600 suppliers and 140,000 original equipment manufacturers, contract manufacturers and commercial customers through a global network of 260 locations in 55 countries and territories.

Arrow's donation will help fill a critical need in Northern Nevada's Washoe County, where the 22,000 students who are eligible for free or reduce cost school meals come from households with incomes that are below 185 percent of the Federal Poverty Threshold.

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