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June 12, 2018 > Quirk honors Hayward nonprofit meal agency

Quirk honors Hayward nonprofit meal agency

Submitted By Tomasa Duenas

During a celebration in Sacramento honoring California nonprofit agencies, Assemblyman Bill Quirk (D-Hayward) recently honored The Kids Breakfast Club as the 2018 Non-Profit of the Year for the 20th Assembly District.

The KidsÕ Breakfast Club, otherwise known as TKBC, was founded by Dr. Marlena Uhrik 26 years ago to ensure neighborhood kids and their families have access to adequate nutrition and educational activities outside of school.

ÒWow! To be recognized with other outstanding California nonprofits doing incredible work throughout the state is an incredible honor,Ó said Mark Salinas, Executive Director of TKBC. ÒThe KidsÕ Breakfast Club has served Hayward kids and families for over 25 years and weÕve become a 100 percent volunteer-based organization. Everybody in the organization is deeply humbled to be recognized by Quirk as his Non-Profit of the Year.Ó

ÒThe need to provide CaliforniaÕs kids with breakfast while school is not in session has never been greater than today,Ó Quirk said. ÒThe high cost of living in the Bay Area makes it very difficult for hard working families in Hayward to make ends meet. Research is clear that good nutrition is important for a childÕs physical and mental health. Lack of access to food or going to school hungry significantly impacts a childÕs ability to succeed.Ó

TKBCÕs success over the years has been based on the generosity and time from Hayward Area community members, businesses, students, as well as students from Bay Area colleges and universities. Breakfast and activities are always free and over the years kids and families have depended on TKBC for nutrition on Saturdays, spring and winter breaks, and in the summer. Last year TKBC served its one-millionth meal and has a volunteer base of more than 500 people.

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