The National Association of Housing and Redevelopment Officials (NAHRO) recently honored the City of Wichita with the 2019 Award of Merit in Resident and Client Services for the Cities Combating Hunger Through Summer and Afterschool Meal Programs (CHAMPS).
“We are truly honored to receive national recognition for the incredible CHAMPS program,” said Housing & Community Services Director, Sally Stang. “We are so proud of the program staff for their hard work and dedication to provide thousands of meals for children in Wichita.”
Beginning in 2016, the City of Wichita set out to further youth development and fight childhood hunger in Wichita by applying to be a CHAMPS city. The program helps establish new afterschool and summer meals programs in cities throughout the country. Since the program’s inception, the Housing & Community Services Department has sponsored nine different meal sites and has served over 13,000 meals to area youth in need.
“Congratulations to our 2019 Awards of Merit recipients,” said NAHRO President Carl S. Richie, Jr. “I am so proud of the great work they're doing for their clients and their communities.”
The NAHRO Awards of Merit program was created 20 years ago to recognize agencies which found innovative ways to create affordable housing, revitalize neighborhoods and develop initiatives such as job readiness programs, public-private partnerships, disaster prevention projects and more.
“The Awards of Merit catalog is more than a list of winners,” NAHRO CEO Adrianne Todman said. “It’s a yearly compendium of some of the best work being done by housers and community builders nationwide. Congratulations to this year’s honorees!”
NAHRO, established in 1933, is a membership organization of nearly 20,000 housing and community development agencies and professionals throughout the United States. Their mission is to create affordable housing and safe, viable communities that enhance the quality of life for all Americans, especially those of low-and moderate-income. NAHRO's membership administers more than three million housing units for 7.6 million people.