Healthy Snacks Bring Joy

Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club is delighted to have been awarded a $5,000 grant from the Joy in Childhood Foundation to help enhance its afterschool healthy snacks program. We are very grateful for this gift as we know that good nutrition is integral to children’s wellbeing and helps them stay on track to reach their full potential.  

Thanks to the owners of Dunkin’ Donuts in Bethpage, Louis Brienza and Bruce Carusi, the Club was recommended to the foundation for consideration. The mission of the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation is to bring joy to kids battling hunger or illness. Kari McHugh, Executive Director of the Dunkin’ Joy in Childhood Foundation remarks, “We are so proud to support Grenville Baker Boys & Girls Club with a grant to help provide healthy snacks to kids in the Locust Valley area. 

Indeed, this grant is a wonderful contribution to our afterschool program as we provide daily snacks for approximately 200 kids a day, 5 days a week, 40 weeks a year. As children come to the Club directly from school, they arrive hungry for a nutritional boost. This grant will supplement the Club’s existing snack program, allowing us to add more fresh fruits, vegetables and string cheese so that kids have the energy to get their homework done, take part in activities, and have fun. 

L to R: Theresa Codispoti, Operations Manager Dunkin’ Brands; Ramon Reyes, GBBGC Executive Director; Louis Brienza, Dunkin’; Franchise Owner; Bruce Carusi, Dunkin’ Franchise Owner.