Newsmakers to Feature "Dinners for Kids" Program June 2013

Published 06/08 2013 02:08AM

Updated 06/08 2013 10:34PM

Newsmakers will serve up details about the "Dinners for Kids" program 
Sunday, June 9th and June 23rd.

The monthly public affairs program is hosted by
Senior Producer Jayne Ann Bugda and I-Team Lead Reporter Andy Mehalshick


Dinners for Kids is a non-profit program that was founded by David Tevet, the owner of Ollie's Restaurant to deliver nutritionally balanced meals to children in need.The program continues to grow.Bugda and Mehalshick will be joined by Tevet, along with Dinner for Kids Board Members Joe DeVizia and Ina Lubin.Dr. Robert Clark Butler, of King's College will also join the discussion to talk about research he is conducting on the Dinners for Kids program.The research shows the many benefits youngsters in the program are achieving through a steady balance meal.The panel will discuss the need for volunteers and how area businesses can become involved in the program.

Newsmakers will air Sunday, June 9th at 6:30 a.m. on WYOU.The program will re-broadcast on Sunday, June 23rd at 11 a.m. on WBRE.

Dinners for Kids Website

To volunteer or for more information on Dinners for Kids call: 570-288-6609.

Dinner for Kids Donations

Make Checks Payable to Dinners For Kids

Commission on Economic Opportunity
165 Amber Lane
P.O. Box 1127
Wilkes-Barre, PA 18703-1127

About our guests:

Robert Clark Butler, PhD

Graduated from Auburn University with a degree in Child Clinical Psychology

Completed an internship at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center.Joined the faculty at King's College in 2012 as part of the Psychology Department.Conducting research on parenting and other issues related to healthy childhood development

Joe DeVizia, Dinners For Kids advisory Board chair.

Director of Children's Service Center for many years, Director of Luzerne County Office Of Human Services for six year, Permanent Deacon in Scranton Diocese for nearly twenty years

Ina Lubin, Board member

After 28 years as a Penn State University Continuing Education Administrator, Ina is currently applying her experience, knowledge and skills as a volunteer in the non-profit sector. With a special interest in young people after starting her career as an elementary teacher, she is involved as a Board Member of Luzerne County Head Start, Luzerne County Children and Youth Services, and the Advisory Board of Dinners for Kids She also serves as the 1st Vice President of the Board of Trustees of Temple Israel Synagogue in Wilkes-Barre. Ina is a graduate of Leadership Wilkes-Barre, and also served on their Board of Directors. She has always been actively involved in giving back to the community, and was recognized for this as a recipient of the Greater Wilkes-Barre Chamber of Commerce's Athena Award, and Penn State Wilkes-Barre's Hayfield Award for Outstanding Community Service

David Tevet, Founder

David and his wife, Edna, have owned and operated Ollie's Family Restaurant in Edwardsville for the past thirty years. The popular and prosperous restaurant today serves the children - and grandchildren - of some of their earliest patrons!

Over the years, David became very interested in the importance of a nutritious diet and he has made many attempts over time to offer a menu that provides low-fat and healthy options. David also became versed in the issues of childhood hunger and malnutrition - and the academic, behavioral, and health improvements that could be gained by children just by eating a sufficient and balanced diet.

In 2011, David founded Dinners for Kids, which delivers six healthy dinners per week, year round, to all children in participating households. The program is currently serving 115 children, with the goal of adding more children in the next few months.

The program has gained enormous community support with personal and corporate donations, grants from various endowments, and through the assistance of many volunteers who serve on the advisory board, package the meals, and deliver them to the children's homes.

In 2012, David was awarded the "Citation of Distinction" by the Wyoming Valley Interfaith Council. It is "conferred annually upon individuals who are recognized as leaders within the community for exemplifying the high ideas of human dignity, compassion, and friendship of all people. "

David was born in Israel in 1951. He and Edna migrated to the United States in 1981 and have always lived in Kingston. Together they have two adult children, Shirlee and Dan, and two delightful grandchildren!

David graduated from The Technion Institute of Technology in Israel with an engineering degree in industrial management; he also received a Master's in Business from Wilkes University.

He is a former board member of both the Wilkes Barre Jewish Federation and Temple B'nai Brith in Kingston, where he also served as treasurer. He is an avid tennis player.

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