An AFSCME Child Care Providers Together supporter, McLead has been an in-home child care provider since 1983. “I appreciate this honor because child care providers and the Alliance make a difference in the lives of a lot of children,” she said.“I still see many former clients around town and they’re now young adults. They remember me and I enjoy seeing their success. I know the care we provide makes for successful parents too.”According to McLead, the Alliance provides food assistance across the state especially in high child poverty areas like Southeastern Ohio. “If it was not for the Alliance, the parents would have to provide meals for the children, which because of the family income, can be a hardship and may not be adequate or nourishing.”Founded in 1970, Children’s Hunger Alliance is a statewide nonprofit organization dedicated to ending childhood hunger.The Alliance partners with more than 900 organizations throughout Ohio to provide nutritious meals to at-risk children who need them most. The Alliance provides resources for balanced, healthy meals to day care providers, day care centers, local school districts and after school and summer programs.
The Children’s Hunger Alliance, headquartered in Columbus, Ohio with regional offices in Cincinnati, Cleveland and Toledo, has a team of 65 professionals throughout the state who are passionate about ending childhood hunger in Ohio’s 88 counties.