Summer Food Program

Follow Jonathan’s  journey as he takes the #FoodDesertChallenge to see how limited access to nutrition impacts lives.

 

 

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Food Desert Challenge, Stacey M.

"This is harder than I thought it would be."

Follow Stacey's journey as she eats on $5 day for 3 days to see how limited access to food impacts lives.
 
 
 
 
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Food Desert Challenge, Neal D.

"Can you afford nutritious food on only $5 a day?"

Follow Neal’s journey as he takes the #FoodDesertChallenge to see how limited access to food impacts lives.

 

 

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Summer Food Program

Get Your Fill of Food and Fun

"Millions of kids are at an increased risk of going hungry during the summer months."

Millions of kids are at an increased risk of going hungry during the summer months. Combining food+fun, the Y is offering a free Summer Food Program at more than 900 locations nationwide with support from the Walmart Foundation.

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Summer Food Program

Serving Up Summer

"Healthy bodies create healthy communities."

The YMCA's summer food program helps children stay well-nourished, active and energized all summer long, and also provide some important relief to struggling families.
 
 
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Feeding Bodies, Fueling Success

One in five kids in the US doesn't know where their next meal will come from.  Research shows that without proper nourishment, children can’t concentrate in school and experience lower academic achievement than their peers. This is why the YMCA is working to tackle child hunger. Follow Stacey and Neal on their journeys as they eat on $5 a day for three days to see how limited access to food impacts lives.

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, around 22 million children receive free or reduced-cost meals through the National School Lunch Program, but only 2.7 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 250,000 kids and teens at 1,500 locations in communities throughout the nation this summer. Any child 18 and under 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

 

Join Us at an Open Site This Summer

Let's partner up to fuel your child's future through healthy meals, fun activities and new friends. Use the locator map below to find a summer food program open site in your community!

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Enter your city, state, or zip code to locate a participating open site for the summer food program in your community.

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