YEAR ROUND FOOD PROGRAM
SHARE A MEAL WITH US THIS SUMMER!
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When the final school bells ring and summer break begins, millions of kids are at risk of going hungry. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, more than 30 million children receive free or reduced-cost meals through the National School Lunch Program, but only 2.3 million of these kids continue to receive meals through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program.
As part of our commitment to keeping kids healthy, the Y and Walmart Foundation are partnering to provide 5 million meals and snacks to 150,000 kids and teens this summer. Youth between the ages of 5-18 can participate in the program to get their “fill of food and fun” – receiving nutritious meals and snacks, while also enjoying recreational and learning activities to keep their bodies and minds active.
Generously sponsored by Walmart
The Y’s summer food programs will be available at nearly 1,100 sites in communities large and small. To participate, see the locator map to find a program near you. And, check out our blog (coming soon) to learn more about our summer food programs at Ys nationwide.
AFTERSCHOOL MEAL PROGRAM
SHARE A MEAL WITH US AFTERSCHOOL!
More than 16 million children and teens under the age of 18 live with food insecurity, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). When the school day ends, many of these youth are at risk of going hungry.
Combining academics and nutrition, the Y is offering an Afterschool Meal Program to provide children with nutrition and academic enrichment activities so they can be healthy and succeed in school.
Thanks to our partnership with the Walmart Foundation, we are ensuring children have access to meals during out-of-school time, when they need them most. Generously sponsored by Walmart
As part of our focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y is committed to keeping children nourished all year long. More than 1,400 YMCA afterschool programs are providing learning enrichment and physical activities to keep minds and bodies active, while also serving healthy food.
Our goal is to serve 7.5 million meals and snacks to children this year. We've served 5 million meals so far.
How You Can Help
Working together can have the greatest impact in alleviating child hunger. Here are three simple things anyone can do to alleviate child hunger in their own communities:
1. Put excess to good use
Having extra can help feed those with less. On the next few visits to the grocery store, if possible, buy one or two extra non-perishable food items. Items like pastas, canned tuna and dried beans can be donated to those in need. At the end of the month, gather those items and donate them to the nearest food bank, homeless shelter or church outreach program. Families can likely find even more opportunity to donate by cleaning out their pantries seasonally.
2. Make it a group effort
There is strength in numbers – and the power to make a difference. Join others who share a cause for fighting hunger by volunteering at a soup kitchen (unpacking boxes, cooking or serving food), participating in a community food drive for a food bank, or working with a church’s community outreach. Assemble a team of co-workers, neighbors or friends to join the effort.
3. Become an advocate
Spreading the word about a program or organization that truly makes a difference can help expand its reach. Further support the efforts of organizations like the Y by reaching out to those in need and letting them know the programs exist.