More than 100 children from a Miami youth center enjoyed healthy food and a game of flag football with former Miami Dolphins Cornerback Sam Madison on August 9th through the generous support of local nonprofit FLIPANY, Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth; PepsiCo Foundation’s Food for Good Summer Meals Program, and GENYOUth’s NFL Flag Football Program.
For many children in Miami, summer is the hungriest and most inactive time of the year. To bridge the gap, FLIPANY launched this program in early July to provide 2,800 nutritious meals to underserved children at 28 sites throughout Miami Dade County.
Representatives from each of the contributing organizations spoke before the kids took to the field for a friendly game of Flag Football. They included:
- Jonathan George - Innovation Manager, PepsiCo's Food for Good Program
- Karen Kafer - Senior Vice President, Health & Wellness Partnerships, GENYOUth
- Lynne Kunins - Chief Executive Officer, FLIPANY
- Ellen Abbadessa - Essentials Trainer, NFL FLAG Football Program
- Jayne Greenberg - District Director of Physical Education & Health Literacy, Miami-Dade County Public Schools
Miami Beach and area representatives included:
- Darryl A. Banks - Legislative Aide - Representative Nicholas Duran
- Representative Roy Hardemon
- Representative Daniel Perez
- Christina Castillo - Legislative Assistant of Jeanette Nuñez
- Luis for Representative Richardson
In two Miami-Dade County communities (zip codes 33033 and 33032), a startling 73% of children who receive meals at school do not receive summer meals, the highest density of underserved youth in the state (Source: Florida Dept. of Agriculture, 2015-16).
With support from FLIPANY, a local leader in youth-targeted nutrition and fitness programs in Miami-Dade County, PepsiCo Foundation’s Food for Good Summer Meals Program has served over 12 million meals to low-income children over the past eight years. With GENYOUth's expertise in youth wellness and customized NFL Flag activities more than 25,000 children have been provided with nourishing meals and increased physical activity. “ We are excited to bring these national partners to South Florida and serve nutritious meals and play games with youth most in need over the summer.” Said Lynne Kunins.
About FLIPANY Florida Introduces Physical Activity and Nutrition to Youth (FLIPANY)’s mission is to empower youth and their families through physical activity and nutrition education programs while raising awareness and creating policies for a healthier community. FLIPANY serves youth and families, including seniors, through collaborations with community centers, parks, and other social services agencies. FLIPANY is the lead Florida partner of Cooking Matters, a program of Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign. For more information, visitflipany.org.