To ensure that fewer kids and teens go hungry this summer, the Bear-Glasgow, Dover, Walnut Street and Western YMCAs are offering a free Summer Food Program as part of their summer day camps, thanks in part to a $50,000 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. YMCA summer camps run through Aug. 23.
The YMCA of Delaware’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. 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 Tricia Jefferson, director of Healthy Living for the YMCA of Delaware. “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 year-round effort to fight child hunger. During the school year, the Bear-Glasgow, Dover, Walnut Street and Western YMCAs will also serve healthy meals and snacks in their after-school programs to provide kids with nourishment and academic enrichment.
To learn more about the YMCA of Delaware’s Summer Food Program and summer day camps, visit ysummercamp.org.