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Tackling Childhood Hunger at Kipp Central City

Eric Craig | 4/12/2017, 1:48 p.m. | Updated on 4/12/2017, 1:48 p.m.
On Thursday, April 7th, Dibia DREAM and Hyatt B.L.A.C.K partnered to raise awareness of childhood hunger. In the program, deemed ...

One Florida organization is taking the initiative to fight childhood hunger in New Orleans.

On Thursday, April 7th, Dibia DREAM and Hyatt B.L.A.C.K partnered to raise awareness of childhood hunger. In the program, deemed Carrying Dreams Home, each child is given a DREAMpak which is filled with non-perishable foods and snacks each week. “Our goal is to provide resources that help bridge and eliminate health disparities as well as accelerate health equity in New Orleans. When our kids come to school hungry, they are unable to focus, and incapable of putting forth maximum effort in the classroom,” said DIBIA Dream Founder Brandon Okpalobi in an official release.

Over 50 students participate in the Carrying Dreams Home, which is a program to provides students a holistic and hands on developmental curriculum that covers academics, athletics and life skills.

“Carrying Dreams Home is one way we hope to help improve these conditions for them, while alleviating the hunger gap we are seeing in many of these children. Our kids need and deserve proper nourishment-- not only during the school day or while attending an After-School Program, but also on those days they are not attending school. Through this program, we aim to provide just that,” he added.

Dibia Dream encourages the advancements of its students through five pillars of education: education, financial literacy, health and wellness, mentorship and sports. According to the founder, the program encourages critical thinking skills, and reinforces the program’s core principals.

Earlier this year, Dibia DREAM held its STEM/Sport Clinic in New Orleans at Kipp Central City. For the last four months, Dibia DREAM jumpstarted its first After-School Program in New Orleans at Kipp Central City.

Based in Florida, Dibia DREAM host several other events, including a four-day essence of sport clinic that incorporates other life skills needed to succeed.