Scripps Howard Foundation Awards $5,000 Grant to CK

Scripps Howard Foundation Check Presentation

Larry Forsgren, VP/General Manager Local Media for KMTV, left, and Mark Halverson, VP/General Manager for Scripps Media Omaha, right, present Completely KIDS Executive Director Penny Parker with a $5,000 check to support the nonprofit’s Weekend Food Program.

Scripps funds will support weekend food efforts in Omaha

Scripps Howard Foundation LogoOMAHA (Dec. 19, 2017) – The Scripps Howard Foundation and its Omaha stations presented Monday a $5,000 check to Completely KIDS Executive Director Penny Parker. The grant will be used for the agency’s Weekend Food Program.

“We are so grateful to the Scripps Howard Foundation for its generosity,” said Completely KIDS Executive Director Penny Parker. “We’re encouraged by the employees who, while deciding which cause is important to them, advocated for children and who recognize the hunger issues present within our community. To put into perspective the tremendous difference this grant makes, $5,000 feeds all of our children who receive bags of food for one weekend.”

The Weekend Food Program combats childhood hunger in the Omaha area by providing bags of nutritious, child-friendly food every Friday to more than 450 elementary and middle school youth in the Completely KIDS afterschool program.

Mark Halverson, VP and General Manager for Scripps Media Omaha, said employees were interested in supporting an agency that works with kids and fights childhood hunger, resulting in the selection of Completely KIDS for this year’s grant award.

For more information about Completely KIDS, visit or call (402) 397-5809.

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Completely KIDS educates and empowers kids and families to create a safe, healthy, successful and connected community. In supporting this mission, Completely KIDS assists more than 2,000 children and families each year in overcoming barriers to their success. The work at Completely KIDS takes place before and after the school day. The agency provides a safe, academically supportive and enriching environment at seven OPS elementary and middle schools, a parochial school, three homeless shelters and its building. Completely KIDS also offers expanded services to the families of the children it serves in the form of literacy, educational support, mental health services and referrals to other agencies as needed.

The Scripps Howard Foundation, based in Cincinnati, Ohio, is the philanthropic arm of The E.W. Scripps Company. With a special commitment to the regions where Scripps does business, the foundation helps build strong communities and improve the quality of life through support of sound educational programs, strong families, vital social services, enriching arts and culture and inclusive civic affairs. The Scripps Howard Foundation is a leader in industry efforts in journalism education, scholarships, internships, minority recruitment and development, literacy and First Amendment causes.


Posted By: Adrielle Griffin
Posted On: December 18, 2017

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