Summer Food Program
When lunch programs are unavailable once school is out, we’re right there with our summer food program. The Y believes that children deserve every opportunity possible to learn, grow, and thrive, and the meals we serve every summer help more children get the nutrition they need for good health.
When the school year ends, so do free meals for the millions of children who depend on them most. This summer, the Y is partnering with Walmart in an effort to feed more children through the Summer Food Service Program—the program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide free meals to children aged 18 and under while school is out of session. More than 300 Ys nationwide will provide seven million nutritious meals to 70,000 children now through August.
According to the USDA, 19.5 million low-income children receive free or reduced meals during the school year. As part of the YMCA’s summer food program, children aged 18 and under will continue to receive two meals a day--or one meal and a snack—while school is out of session. Not only will this provide thousands of children much needed meals this summer, but it will also help alleviate the strain on family food budgets.
Healthy bodies create healthy communities, so we care about child nutrition.