WRESTLEMANIA 40: With a gift from the WWE, North Philly kids have another option for free meals this summer (Inquirer.com)


Posted on 6/17/124 by Chuck Langermann



With Philadelphia public schools letting out for summer
break on Friday, thousands of children in the city suddenly
don’t have the free and reduced-price meals they depended on
throughout the year. Luckily, free meals programs are
opening throughout the city, and one in North Philly aims to
feed as many kids as possible.

At North Philly’s R.W. Brown Boys & Girls Club, Caring
People Alliance is providing free breakfast and lunch for
children all summer long with its summer food service
program. The meals will be served starting Monday, June 17,
from 9-10 a.m. and noon-1 p.m., Monday through Friday.

R.W. Brown, which is at 1701 N. Eighth St., will welcome
children age 18 and under, regardless of whether they are
already involved in Caring People Alliance programming.
Young adults ages 19 and up with mental or physical
disabilities are welcome, too.

“For us, the key point is to provide as many children in the
community with healthy and nutritious meals [as possible],”
said Rache Cross, a senior director with Caring People
Alliance.

While Caring People Alliance has provided free summer meals
in the past, this is the first year that program is open to
any child in the community. Cross estimates that more than
200 children will participate throughout the summer, where
they will have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, and
meals such as chicken stir-fry, turkey chili, waffles and
French toast. Vegan options will also be available.

Caring People Alliance kids and staff with WWE wrestlers in
April at the unveiling of their new kitchen and cafeteria.
WWE wrestlers in attendance included Bianca Belair, LA
Knight, Montez Ford, Liv Morgan, Natalya, Sonya Deville and
Oba Femi.
Caring People Alliance kids and staff with WWE wrestlers in
April at the unveiling of their new kitchen and cafeteria.
WWE wrestlers in attendance included Bianca Belair, LA
Knight, Montez Ford, Liv Morgan, Natalya, Sonya Deville and
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A newly renovated kitchen and cafeteria, funded by a
$100,000 gift from World Wrestling Entertainment, are making
the program possible. Ahead of Wrestlemania, several WWE
superstars came to R.W. Brown to unveil the new kitchen and
celebrate with Caring People Alliance children and staff in
April.

Cross said that Caring People Alliance’s strategy goes
beyond just providing meals that help children stay
nourished and healthy throughout the summer. It hopes the
program can also provide the same cadence and structure to
children’s summer that exist during the school year.

“I think it also adds social skills, as well,” Cross said.
“They will be in an area where other children are and being
able to communicate and dialogue with those children at a
table.”

If you are looking for other free meal locations this summer
for children or for adults, use the city’s food and meal
finder tool at phila.gov/food.

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