To ensure that fewer kids and teens go hungry this summer, the Decatur County Family YMCA is offering a free Summer Food Program, thanks to a $5,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.
Combining food and fun, the program will provide nutritious meals and snacks, plus activities to keep kids’ minds and bodies active. The program runs June 3 until Aug. 2 and is open to kids aged 18 and under.
The Decatur County Family YMCA’s Summer Food Program is part of a national partnership between YMCA of the USA and the Walmart Foundation to address child hunger in communities. While more than 30 million children in low-income communities receive free or reduced-cost meals during the school year, only 2.3 million of these same kids have access to free meals when school is out. The Decatur County Family YMCA will serve lunches here in Greensburg. At more than 900 summer food program sites nationwide, the Y will strive to serve 4 million healthy meals and snacks to 100,000 kids this summer.
“In order for kids to maintain good health, they need proper nourishment as well as activities to keep their minds and bodies active,” said Hannah Doerflinger, Summer Food Program Coordinator, Decatur County Family YMCA. “The YMCA’s Summer Food Program will help kids stay well-nourished, active and energized, and also provide some relief to families who need support in providing more food when school is out.”
Participants in the Decatur County Family YMCA’s summer food program will receive lunches, and enjoy various fun activities.
To reach more kids who may be unable to visit the Y, the Decatur County Family YMCA is taking the summer food program out into the community by partnering with Community Church of Greensburg, First Christian Church, Burney Baptist Church, Westport Christian Church, Bread of Life, Decatur County 4-H, and Girl Scouts to bring healthy meals and snacks and fun activities to these kids.
The Y is committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and is working to ensure that all kids have access to meals, as well as healthy food options, so they can continue to be healthy and thrive when out of school. In partnership with the Walmart Foundation, the Y’s Summer Food Program is part of a year-round effort to fight child hunger. During the school year, Decatur County Family YMCA will also serve healthy meals and snacks in its afterschool program to provide kids with nourishment and academic enrichment.
To learn more about the Decatur County Family YMCA’s Summer Food Program, call or e-mail Hannah Doerflinger or Elizabeth Paulsen at (812) 663-9622, firstname.lastname@example.org, or learn more at ymca.net/summerfood.
— Daily News