Delta Dental continues to fight childhood hunger by supporting our Kids Cafe and BackPack programs.
1 in 5 children are currently struggling with hunger in Middle and West Tennessee. Delta Dental is working to bring this number down to zero by giving to our Kids Cafe program.
The Kids Cafe program provides free meals, snacks, and nutrition education to at-risk children during the school year and summer months. We provide more than 118,000 meals and snacks to children at Kids Cafe sites each year.
Delta Dental’s contributes to this program by providing fresh fruit for participating students.
Fresh fruit is a necessary staple of a growing child’s diet, yet many of these at-risk children don’t have regular access to nutritious produce. Delta Dental’s support makes it possible for these children to have fresh fruit throughout the year.
In addition to supporting the Kids Cafe program, Delta Dental also donates toothbrushes to be distributed through our BackPacks, a program that provides hungry children with a pack of food to take home on weekends.
A school counselor in Sumner County shared how much this simple gift meant to her students.
“Second Harvest was able to put toothbrushes in the BackPacks. The students were so happy to get these as some of them didn’t have one. One of our children went straight to the bathroom, used his, came back and was smiling at me. I asked, ‘What’s going on buddy?’ and he said, ‘My teeth feel brand new.’”
We are thankful for Delta Dental’s continued commitment to fighting childhood hunger and improving children’s health from the inside out!