YMCA of Greater Erie

Meals for Kids Program

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Kids fill-up on the good stuff while school is out because of the Y’s free Meals for Kids Program. 1 in 5 kids in Erie County live with food insecurity. We serve nutritious meals for kids ages 2-18.  No application, income verification or registration is required. Click here to see our impact.

After School Meals

A busy after school schedule can make it tough for kids to eat a healthy evening meal. Free meals are served on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year at the Eastside Family Y from 4:30-6 p.m.

Volunteers needed: Please contact Kyle Hendricks at khendricks@ymcaerie.org

Summer Meals Program

After kids eat, Y staff offer activities including playground games, board games, arts/crafts and more.

The Y’s popular Food + Fun Bus delivers meals to certain locations noted below. 

The Summer Meals program sponsored by the Walmart Foundation, Kern Family Foundation, MJ Surgala Trust, the City of Erie, Erie Housing Authority, VIBE 104.3 and Classy 100.

Summer Meals for Kids locations and serve times are for 2018, with service from June 13-Aug. 17 are:

Friendship Baptist Church, 1719 Cascade Street, 5-6 p.m.
Girard Borough Park, 34 Main Street W., 4-5 p.m. (Food + Fun Bus) 
Lake City Dwellings, 215 East 16th Street, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
MLK Center, 4th & Chestnut, 5-6 p.m.
Parade Street Commons, 314 East 20th Street, 2-3 p.m.  (Food + Fun Bus)
Pfeiffer Burleigh School, 235 E. 11th Street, 12:15-1:15 p.m. (Food + Fun Bus)
Union City Elementary School, 91 Miles St., Union City, 12-1 p.m. – begins July 10

Check out other free programs you might be interested in:

City of Erie Parks & Recreation Program

City of Erie Learn to Swim Program (Brian Lee Crosby Memorial)

 

 

 

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Play & Learn

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You and your child’s caregivers are their first “teachers”.  At Play & Learn, Y staff will show how your child learns through play and active engagement through our everyday activities like running errands, emptying the dishwasher, sorting laundry and preparing dinner.  We’ll share oodles of learning ideas for at home and on the go.

Play & Learn is a FREE preschool like program that child and caregiver attend together and includes songs and 13 learning centers from books to puzzles, to listening and dress up – all that reinforce learning in preparation for Kindergarten.  Snack is also provided.

Play & Learn is free and open to children ages 6 weeks-5 years old and their caregiver -relative or friend. Click below links for required forms AND visit the Eastside Family Y, 2101 Nagle Road, to register in person.  Class runs 36 weeks throughout the school year on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.- 12p.m. from Sept. 13-June 1.  For more information, call 899-9622.

Program held at International Institute, 517 East 26th Street

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Caregiver Demographic Form
Child Demographic Form
Consent Form
Enrollment Survey
Evaluation Information

 

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