Erie, PA – To ensure that fewer kids and teens go hungry this summer, the YMCA of Greater Erie is offering a free Meals for Kids Program, thanks to a grant from the Walmart. Combining food and fun, the program will provide nutritious meals plus activities to keep kids’ minds and bodies active. The program runs June 11 – August 17, 2018 and is open to kids aged 18 and under.
The YMCA of Greater Erie offers the Meals for Kids program which 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 Meals for Kids program will serve about 10,000 meals in Erie County. 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 Gerry Vandemerwe, YMCA of Greater Erie CEO. “The Y’s Meals for Kids 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.”
The YMCA of Greater Erie’s summer food program will serve lunch or dinner at 21 locations throughout Erie County. Click here for a complete list of locations.
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.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment.