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Children’s Hunger Alliance distributes 13,000 free magazines to Ohio Children

Local agency helps combat childhood hunger, summer learning loss

Children’s Hunger Alliance (CHA) distributed 13,000 free children’s magazines to Ohio children as part of their summer nutrition programs.  CHA is working to help prevent childhood hunger, summer weight gain and summer learning loss through programs such as Make Summer Count, a collaboration with other non-profits, corporations and community leaders in Central Ohio.

“It is our belief that children and youth deserve healthy meals and the opportunity to keep learning when school ends,” said Mary Lynn Foster, CEO, Children’s Hunger Alliance.

CHA received the magazines through a partnership with, a non-profit founded by John Mennell whose mission is to deliver the joy of reading magazines to at-risk children and families, while strengthening their literacy skills and self-esteem. has supplied new and recycled magazines to tens of thousands of at-risk children and families.

“An unprecedented gift for literacy” is how John Mennell described the 150,000 copies of the children’s magazines Hopscotch, Boys Quest and Fun for Kidz donated by the Edwards Family, owners of The Bluffton News Printing and Publishing Company.   “Of the total gift, 13,000 copies were ear-marked for Ohio and delivered by Children’s Hunger Alliance who provided us with a fantastic distribution system that allowed us to help the children of Ohio,” said John Mennell, founder,


Hungry children cannot learn and under educated adults cannot earn so CHA’s mission is to serve the community.  Students benefit from summer nutrition programs with improved academic performance in the fall and improved overall health.  Schools and other sponsors benefit from the academic intervention.

“CHA is proud to be an integral part of the caring community. Programs like Make Summer Count or Cleveland’s Care for Kids have proven the value of partnerships like we have with

Children’s Hunger Alliance hopes to continue expanding this and other similar relationships to aid in accomplishing our mission,” said Foster.

Children’s Hunger Alliance is a non-profit organization known for “feeding hungry minds and bodies.” The agency works to ensure all children are fed regular and nutritious meals and develop lifelong healthy eating habits. Children’s Hunger Alliance does this by directly feeding children, increasing easy access to nutritious food and educating children about healthy food choices and physical activity.



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    Young (5 – 8yrs): 50
    Youth (9-13yrs): 20
    Teens (13-19yrs): 50
    Parents (20-45yrs): 50
    Grandparents (45yrs +): 50
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