PITTSBURGH, Dec. 22, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Gateway Health is a proud sponsor of the 2016 Citiparks Holiday Break Camps. These camps, held at Citiparks' recreation centers throughout the city of Pittsburgh, allow local children on break from school to participate in numerous winter activities, as well as receive a healthy breakfast and lunch daily. The Holiday Break Camps program fills the gap that is often presented to children facing food insecurity or those with working parents who while children are on break from school, while offering breakfast and lunch programs to them. Citiparks, through Gateway's sponsorship will provide over 600 meals daily and an estimated 2,500 - 3,000 meals served at the seven centers for the duration of the program.
This year's Winter Camp will run from December 27 through December 31 while City of Pittsburgh schools are closed for the winter holiday break. The goal of the program is not only to provide meals to children, but also to promote fun and healthy indoor and outdoor activities. The Winter Break Camp also provides a safe and educational supervised environment where their kids can play, learn, and develop while away from the classroom. As part of the sponsorship, Gateway will also provide children attending the camp with winter stocking caps to keep warm during the upcoming Pittsburgh winter.
Ten of the Citiparks community recreation centers will host the Winter Break Camps including: Jefferson, West Penn, Paulson, Ammon, Ormsby, Magee, Arlington, Warrington, Brookline, and Phillips.
Gateway Health saw firsthand the positive affect of the Citiparks programs when they sponsored this past summer's Citiparks Summer Grub Up and Field Day which made it an easy decision for Gateway Health CEO, Patti Darnley, to again partner with Citiparks.
"The success of the summer Grub Up program and the impact it has on children and their families in the Pittsburgh and community, was an influencing factor in sponsoring the Winter Break Camps," said Darnley. "Many of these children may be Gateway members and the break from school can present challenges in providing healthy meals. Our job as a Pittsburgh corporate citizen and non-profit health plan is to lend a hand to programs that provide a positive effect on our local citizens and their community."
About Gateway Health
Gateway Health is a nationally ranked managed care organization that focuses on providing the best possible healthcare to a growing number of Medicaid and Medicare Advantage consumers. A not-for-profit organization, Gateway Health serves the needs of at risk and vulnerable citizens with not only healthcare coverage, but services such as disease management, health and wellness programs and preventive care. The organization provides Medicaid services in Pennsylvania, Delaware and West Virginia and Medicare coverage in Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio and North Carolina. Our commitment to helping our members and their communities get and stay healthy is what keeps members, providers, communities and partners "Good with Gateway." To learn more about Gateway Health, visit us online at www.gatewayhealthplan.com.
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