To ensure that fewer kids and teens go hungry this summer, the McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA is offering a free summer food program. The program will run June 3 to August 9, and will provide nutritious meals and snacks plus activities to keep kids’ minds and bodies active.
The 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.
“For kids to maintain good health, they need proper nourishment and activities to keep their minds and bodies active,” Becky Shipley, executive director of the McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA, said. “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.”
In partnership with the Walmart Foundation, the Y’s summer food program is part of a yearround effort to fight child hunger. During the school year, the McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA will serve healthy meals and snacks in its afterschool program to provide kids with nourishment and academic enrichment.
Participants in the Y’s summer food program can receive food at various locations throughout the area. Call 770-977-5991 to learn more about the McCleskey-East Cobb Family YMCA’s Summer Food Program.