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YMCA of Lansing Feeds Over 7,000 Meals to Children in Lansing with their Summer Food Program

Monday, August 03, 2015   (0 Comments)
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YMCA of Lansing Feeds Over 7,000 Meals to Children in Lansing with their Summer Food Program

 

 

Lansing, MI –The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing, in partnership with the Walmart Foundation, is offering free food and activity for kids 18 and under to ensure that Lansing youth don’t go hungry this summer, because the free and reduced-cost meals they receive during the school year are no longer available.

“In order to stay healthy and strong, kids need proper nourishment as well as physical activity,” said Julie Gehrki, senior director of the Walmart Foundation. “We are proud to partner with the Y to improve the health of kids and teens during critical out-of-school times.”

Between the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing’s four locations 7,043 meals and 4,080 snacks were served to 704 children just during the month of June. This program not only provides nutritious meals and snacks to the Lansing youth but also provides activities that keep their minds and bodies active.

In addition, the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing is developing a healthy living mobile kitchen which we hope to have in operation this fall thanks to an outreach grant from the Walmart Foundation and generous support by the community including the donation of money and a bus from Kellie Dean, Dean Transportation. When completed the bus will travel throughout our community, serving meals, providing physical activity and the opportunity for youth and parents alike to participate in hands-on cooking and nutritional demonstrations.

“Providing meals and physical activities for our mobile kitchen sites has been rewarding for both the children and the staff,” said Joe Carpenter, Youth and Family Healthy Living Instructor for the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing. “Healthy eating and healthy living is a great foundation for relationship building in these urban communities. Outreach is crucial, but it takes just that…reaching out.”

The Y is committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and is working to ensure that all kids have access to nutritious meals, so they can continue to be healthy and thrive when out of school. During the school year, the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing will also serve healthy meals and snacks at 11 sites in its afterschool program to provide kids with nourishment and academic enrichment.

 

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About the YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing

The YMCA of Metropolitan Lansing has six operating units, including Mystic Lake Camp near Clare, and branches downtown, on Lansing’s west side, in the Oak Park area to the south, in East Lansing, and DeWitt. The YMCA employs nearly 500 individuals, and serves nearly 16,000 memberships throughout the community. A volunteer board of directors provides leadership to the association, a member of the national organization – the YMCA of the USA. The Y is one of the nation’s leading nonprofits, strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the U.S., 2,700 Ys engage 21 million men, women and children – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. Anchored in more than 10,000 communities, the Y has the long-standing relationships and physical presence not just to promise, but also to deliver lasting personal and social change. www.ymcaoflansing.org and www.ymca.net


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