Cities Combating Hunger Through Afterschool & Summer Meals Programs
In 2013, the City of Trotwood was chosen as 1 of 21 U.S. cities to participate in the National League of Cities program that assists to leverage funding to reduce child hunger. The program is CHAMPS — Cities Combating Hunger Through Afterschool and Summer Meals Programs, with $55,000 in grant funding allocated to the City of Trotwood. Mayor Joyce Sutton Cameron was instrumental in securing the CHAMPS grant.
The CHAMPS Program continued its operations in 2014 with three Afterschool Sites opened in Meadowlark Apartments, Westbrooke Elementary and the Trotwood Library. An average of 35 children were served daily with afterschool meals — with a total of 5,218 meals served during the 2013-2014 school year. The program will continue through 2015 and beyond.
In 2014, there were summer lunch meals provided through the CHAMPS Program at 16 locations with an average of 872 children served daily — a total of 25,114 lunches served during the summer of 2014!
The CHAMPS Program also provides educational opportunities to the participants in addition to afterschool meals. The City of Trotwood also partnered with the Trotwood YMCA and Trotwood-Madison City Schools as part of this Program.
To raise additional funds for the CHAMPS Program, a committee was formed to plan a Community Gala which occurred on Saturday, February 14, 2015 at the Hara Arena Conference Center. The committee consisted of representatives from the Trotwood Chamber of Commerce, the City of Trotwood, the Trotwood Library, the Trotwood YMCA, and two local residents. The event was well attended by over 80 people who enjoyed a delicious meal and dancing to the sounds of the Kim Kelly Orchestra
Checks Presented to Mayor & Council to Benefit CHAMPS Program
On Monday, April 6, 2015, the Community Gala Committee presented a check in the amount of $2,500.00 to Mayor Cameron and City Council to directly benefit the CHAMPS program. The funds represent the proceeds from the Community Gala which was held on February 14, 2015.