YMCA Summer Food Program

Millions of kids don’t know where their next meal is coming from — and the problem is worse in the summer when school is out.

To help alleviate this need, the YMCA helps kids reach their full potential by providing free access to healthy snacks and meals with the Y’s Summer Food Program.

Stacey McDaniel, Anti-Hunger Initiatives Specialist at YMCA of the USA, says that looks can also be deceiving – children who appear obese are often nutrient-starved yet over-served empty calories. Hunger can seriously impact a child’s physical and mental health growth, cognitive development, and performance in school, all which depend on receiving adequate nutrition.