MIAMI (CBS4) – Nearly one hundred kids at Miami’s Hadley Park were on hand Tuesday morning when NBA All-Star Alonzo Mourning and members of the Miami Heat organization rolled up in a Walmart semi-truck to serve them breakfast.
The appearance by Mourning, the Miami Heat Dancers and Burnie were in support of the Summer BreakSpot program which provides healthy, nutritious meals to kids and teens under 18-years old while school is out.READ MORE: Cold Weather Coming, Protect The Four P's
“We can prevent diseases from evolving over a period of time if we establish these habits in kids right now,” said Mourning.
There are more than 350 locations around Miami-Dade hosting Summer BreakSpots.
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“Your body responds to the decisions you make for it. And it comes down to eating all the right things,” said Mourning.
Mourning adds that healthy living starts with parents.
“Looking healthy, living healthy, kids see that what they see is what they’ll be, said Mourning.
Summer BreakSpots are funded by the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) which is a federal nutrition program that local non-profits and schools use to make sure kids in their communities don’t go hungry during the summer. There is no cost for meals; the USDA requires that meals be served at no charge to the children.MORE NEWS: Taste Of The Town: Orno Is Farm-To-Table Fare With Vegetables and Herbs Grown From Chef Niven Patel's Own Farm
To find out where there is a Summer BreakSpot location near you, or to become a sponsor, go to SummerFoodFlorida.org.