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Adopt-a-School program will provide meals for children in Central Ohio school with plans to expand
COLUMBUS, Ohio (November 16, 2021) – The Champion Companies, a multi-family investment, development and management firm in Central Ohio, today announced involvement in the Children’s Hunger Alliance’s (CHA) new “Adopt-a-School” program, providing funding and volunteers for the pilot program.
The inaugural Adopt-a-School program will provide weekend and school break meal boxes with ready-to-eat food for all children in the “adopted” school. The boxes will help fill the gap for children who may not have enough to eat at home, ensuring no child goes hungry when school is out.
On Tuesday, November 16 at 12:30 p.m. at The Champion Companies’s Lake Club Polaris apartment complex, The Champion Companies’ employees and residents will kick off the program by collecting and packaging meal boxes and hygiene products for every student at Moler Elementary School. Boxes will be packaged and then distributed at the school each Friday through the end of the school year.
“We are honored to be kicking off such an important project with our long-time friends at the Children’s Hunger Alliance, who we’ve partnered with since 2014,” said Michelle Yeager-Thornton, Co-Founder and Chief Operating Officer at The Champion Companies. “When CHA approached us to participate in the pilot program, it was an immediate yes. At Champion we are passionate about uplifting families in our local community and in participating, we will not only be able to help feed the 1 in 5 children in our community who are food insecure, but we may just inspire other area businesses to consider participating in CHA’s Adopt a School program.”
Moler Elementary is the program’s pilot school, but CHA plans to involve other Ohio schools as the program expands. The Children’s Hunger Alliance’s goal is to have at least one school adopted in each region of the state by 2023 by engaging additional funders.
“Many don’t understand the magnitude of the childhood food insecurity issue in our state, and while we are committed to making a difference, we can’t do this important work alone,” said Judy Mobley, President and CEO of CHA. “Our hope is that this pilot program will allow CHA to develop a blueprint for what works best to benefit the students and we can replicate it across the state over time.”
For more information about how to get involved with Children’s Hunger Alliance, visit www.childrenshungeralliance.org.
About The Champion Companies:
In 2010, siblings Brian and Michelle Yeager founded The Champion Companies, a multi-family investment, development and management firm in Central Ohio. Over the last decade, The Champion Companies built a real estate profile worth over $750 million with 5,000 Class A multi family units. The Champion Companies’ mission is to deliver the best investment, career and living experience ever.
In addition to providing quality customer service and awesome experiences for its residents, Champion is committed to serving the greater Columbus community. In 2014, Champion established its philanthropic foundation, Champion Cares, and has since partnered with a multitude of charities, including YWCA, Big
Brothers Big Sisters of Central Ohio, Children’s Hunger Alliance, Habitat for Humanity, Boys & Girls Clubs of Central Ohio and The Reeb Avenue Center.