YMCA of Lansing on National Stage at
Capitol Hill Briefing
Lansing, MI – The YMCA of Lansing received national exposure at a legislative briefing on Capitol Hill on June 2nd, to discuss the importance of summer nutrition programs for youth. Ricky Wright, Executive Director of the YMCA of Lansing’s Mystic Lake Camp, was selected by Y-USA to speak on behalf of Y’s nationwide about the vital role nutrition plays in fueling children’s physical and cognitive development while school is out of session.
Wright addressed lawmakers on the impact of the Y’s Year-Round Food Program, funded with support from the Walmart Foundation, and how similar programs can help fight hunger, combat childhood obesity, and prevent summer learning loss.
The briefing was sponsored by the Food Research and Action Center’s (FRAC), whose “Hunger Doesn’t Take a Vacation” report shows millions of low-income children are benefiting from summer nutrition programs. The Y and other invited speakers examined ways to expand access to nutrition programs in more communities nationwide, and discussed how successful programs are serving nutritious meals and offering enrichment and physical activities to ensure children stay active and learning throughout the summer months.