Assemblymember Quirk honors The Kids Breakfast Club as Non-Profit of the Year

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

SACRAMENTO – Assemblymember Quirk (D-Hayward) honored The Kids Breakfast Club as the 2018 Non-Profit of the Year for the 20th Assembly District.


The Kids’ Breakfast Club, otherwise known as TKBC, was founded by Dr. Marlena Uhrik 26 years ago to ensure neighborhood kids and their families have access to adequate nutrition and educational activities outside of school.


“The need to provide California’s kids with breakfast while school is not in session has never been greater than today,” Assemblymember Quirk said. “The high cost of living in the Bay Area makes it very difficult for hard working families in Hayward to make ends meet. Research is clear that good nutrition is important for a child’s physical and mental health. Lack of access to food or going to school hungry significantly impacts a child’s ability to succeed.”Mark Salinas, Executive Director of TKBC, Frank Garcia, Chair of the Board of Directors and by Dr. Marlena Uhrik, founder of TKBC on the Assembly Floor.


“Wow!  To be recognized with other outstanding California Nonprofits doing incredible work throughout the state is an incredible honor.  The Kids’ Breakfast Club has served Hayward kids and families for over 25 years and we’ve become a 100% volunteer-based organization.  Everybody in the organization is deeply humbled to be recognized by Assemblymember Quirk as his Non-Profit of the Year,” said Mark Salinas, Executive Director of TKBC.


TKBC’s success over the years has been based on the generosity and time from Hayward Area community members, businesses, students, as well as students from Bay Area colleges and universities.  Breakfast and activities are always free and over the years kids and families have depended on TKBC for nutrition on Saturdays, spring and winter breaks, and in the summer. Last year TKBC served its one-millionth meal and has a volunteer base of over 500 people.


“For 26 years, TKBC has provided children and families in the Hayward area with high quality nutrition and education activities when school isn’t in session. I am proud to recognize them today,” concluded Assemblymember Quirk.