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YMCA of Lansing Offers Year-Round Food Program with Walmart Grant Funding

Wednesday, July 2, 2014   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Michelle Rahl
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For Immediate Release

Contact:

Anne Brand

(E) abrand@ymcaoflansing.org

(O) 517-827-9611

 

 

 

YMCA of Lansing Offers Year-Round Food Program with Walmart Grant Funding

The YMCA of Lansing joins the national Y effort to serve 5 million meals to 150,000 kids and teens, in partnership with the Walmart Foundation.

Lansing, MI—In an effort to combat child hunger in our community, the YMCA of Lansing is offering its free Year-Round Food Program, thanks to a $35,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.  Combining food and fun, the program provides nutritious meals and snacks and fun learning enrichment activities to keep youth healthy, active and well-nourished. 

The program will run at four sites for children enrolled in Y summer programming, including the Y’s Oak Park and Westside branches and Mystic Lake Camp, as well as the Refugee Development Center, and nine sites throughout Lansing for children who participate in the Y’s afterschool programs starting in the fall.  The YMCA of Lansing is expecting to serve 2,134 children throughout the year. 

Research shows that nationwide, more than 30 million children in low-income communities receive free or reduced-cost meals during the school year, but only 2.3 million of these same kids have access to free meals when summer is out.  At more than 1,100 summer food program sites nationwide, the Y will strive to serve 5 million healthy meals and snacks to 150,000 kids this summer.

“At the Y, we are focused on keeping kids mentally and physically active while ensuring they have access to healthy food so they’re well-nourished and avoid the “summer slide,” said Jeff Scheibel, CEO of the YMCA of Lansing.  “The YMCA of Lansing’s Year-Round Food Program will help kids stay healthy, active and energized all year long.”

To find out more about the YMCA of Lansing, please go to lansingymca.org

 

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