Since mid-September, pediatric residents from Arnold Palmer Hospital for Children have been visiting Sanford’s Midway Safe Harbor Kids Cafe to interact with children, parents and staff.
In the Zone is a medical education program that gives residents a chance to leave the examining room and get out into the community where they can witness the circumstances and factors that impact a child’s health and helps prepare them to act as effective leaders and agents of change within the community, with the ultimate goal of eliminating healthcare disparities for people of diverse racial, ethnic, and cultural backgrounds.
Our Kids Cafe program provides free, nutritious afterschool meals to children in low-income, at-risk communities. Combined with the school lunch and breakfast programs, Kids Cafes help to ensure that students have access to three meals daily. Twelve Kids Cafes in three counties serve approximately 1,400 children each and every day during the school academic year.
One in four children in Central Florida live in food insecure homes, that is, households that are unable to consistently access enough nutritious food necessary for a healthy life. Food insecurity can be particularly devastating among children due to their increased vulnerability and the potential for long-term health consequences.
We understand that food alone cannot solve the problems facing our communities and that’s why we try to engage and sustain partnerships that nourish lives. “In The Zone” is a prime example of an effective partnership.
Special thanks to Drs. Veenod Chulani, Kristy Wesighan and the residents, Thomas Ruffin Melissa Velarde Amanda Craig, and Thao Vu.
For more information on our Kids Cafes, follow this link. Kids Cafes
For more information on “In The Zone,” follow this link. In The Zone 2009
Childhood Hunger Programs Manager