Tonawanda News — “The Boys & Girls Clubs in Western New York provide many resources and services to the youth in our communities, and it is important that the kids continue to get the assistance they need,” Maziarz said.
Penichter pointed out the startling child poverty statistics in the state. More than 900,000 children in the state are below the poverty line, he said, and child poverty is at at its highest rate since 2004.
“One in six children live in a home where there isn’t enough food to serve adequate meals,” he said. “So that is the reason why we are doing this.”
Lessons on healthy eating have already begun, too. After the event’s thank you speeches, the lawmakers, including Maziarz, Grisanti and Schimminger, rolled up their sleeves and cooked and ate nutritious meals with kids.
“We are just planting the seed with kids that healthy cooking is a smart thing to do,” Penichter said.
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