Reporting Marybel Rodriguez
HIALEAH (CBS4) – It couldn’t have come at a better time.
That’s what dozens of Hialeah students have said now that healthy snacks have become a part of their afterschool program.
The City of Hialeah’s Young Leaders with Character Afterschool Program announced the sponsorship of the Afterschool Nutrition Program, a subcomponent of the Child Care Food Program. The program is designed to provide nutritious snacks and dinners to children in afterschool programs.
“Many times if we don’t watch our youngsters they won’t eat good. Here they are supervised and have all the food groups, it will hold them until they go home,” said Jose Enriquez, Principal of Jose Marti Mast 6-12 Academy.
Jose Marti Mast 6-12 Academy is one of three schools enrolled in the program. City of Hialeah Educational Academy and Hialeah Middle School are the other two. Snacks are provided at no additional charge.
The goal of the afterschool program is not only to provide the student with extra help with their studies but also to remind them about the importance of eating healthy and living a healthy lifestyle.
“It teaches us a lesson on what to eat and what not to eat,” said Jose Marti Mast Academy sith grader Henry Mieles.
Daily snacks include turkey or ham sandwiches, a fruit serving and juice or milk.
“The food is delicious it’s nutritious and different,” said Mieles.
For more information contact the City of Hialeah Communication and Special Events Department at (305) 889-5701.