Birmingham, Alabama resident Ramon Arias has served as president of the 800-employee pizza franchise Bravo Corporation since 2002. When he isn’t working, Ramon Arias actively supports Feeding America’s efforts throughout Birmingham and the entire state of Alabama.
A national non-profit organization, Feeding America has a myriad of programming specifically aimed at lowering hunger rates for certain groups of people. One of its most prevalent areas of work is its effort to end child hunger. The United States Department of Agriculture estimates that 13.1 million children in the United States are without consistent access to nutritious food. Two Feeding America programs designed to combat that number are the BackPack Program and Kids Cafe.
Launched more than 15 years ago, the BackPack Program provides healthy snacks and meals to children on the weekend, supplementing the work done through the National School Lunch/Breakfast Program. More than 160 food banks nationwide collect and distribute food to as many as 450,000 children each week.
The Kids Cafe program, launched in 1993, provides free snacks and meals to children with low-income backgrounds at various after-school centers such as YMCAs, Boys and Girls Clubs, and public schools. The program also includes nutrition education and various social and recreational activities.