AtlantiCare Helps Kids Stay Happy, Healthy in Summer with Lunch and Learns

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ATLANTIC CITY, N.J. -

Atlantic City families are in for a treat this summer thanks to the AtlantiCare Foundation.

Foundation officials aim to help support the community in healthy initiatives, one of them being Lunch and Learns.

Families with children of all ages gathered at the William L. Gormley AtlantiCare HealthPlex in Atlantic City on Monday, August 13th.

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They weren’t there for a doctor’s visit, but instead they were there for AtlantiCare’s Lunch and Learn.

“Throughout the school year many of our youth in the community get breakfast, lunch, and even sometimes dinner from the Atlantic City School District," said Samantha Kiley, executive director at AtlantiCare Foundation. "And when school is out, unfortunately, their ability to have healthy meals goes away.” 

So, AtlantiCare has stepped up to help fill in that gap by partnering with the Community Food Bank of New Jersey - Southern Branch.

“We’re offering lunch to be able to fill in some of those gaps so youth in our community can continue to thrive and enjoy healthy and nutritious meals,” said Kiley.

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The program is open to all families in Atlantic City, but they won’t just be getting a nutritious meal out of it.

“We wanted to make sure that kids in this community are exposed to a variety of things," said Kiley. "So, [there are] opportunities to remain physically active, to be mindful and to enjoy many of the extracurricular activities that our communities offers.”

From yoga to coloring, the AtlantiCare team fills the kids' time with fun activities.

The program began back in July and will run through the end of August and people have already made connections just by stopping by for a bite to eat.

“It’s better for my kids to interact with other kids," said Brenna Spellman, of Atlantic City. "I meet other parents and we interact and start planning activities [and] play dates. So my kids meet new friends, I make new friends and it’s good for the kids.”

AtlantiCare’s Lunch and Learn program runs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday to help keep Atlantic City kids happy and healthy throughout the summer months.

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