YMCA Summer Food Program

YMCA-Summer-Food-Program

This guest post is provided by and sponsored by the YMCA of Metropolitan Washington. 

As summer tourists flood the local DC area, it seems like life is good. Individuals from all over come to our nation’s capital each year, and spend 1.71 billion on food and beverage alone!

The sad reality is that millions of DC area children and families suffer from food insecurity and food hardship. Twelve percent of District of Columbia households report having limited or uncertain amounts of food, and nearly 15 percent reported not having enough money in the past twelve months to buy food for themselves or their families.

30.5 percent of households with children in the DC area say they are unable to afford enough food for their families.

This is the second highest percentage in the United States.

Although children enrolled in local public and charter schools receive free breakfast, and free or reduced-price lunches, during the summer months many families are hungry. Nationally, only 2.3 million of the 30 million children who receive nutritional benefits take advantage of the federal school meals programs during the summer months.

The YMCA of the United States has partnered with the Walmart Foundation to provide 5 million meals and snacks to more than 150,000 children and teenagers this summer. The summer food program is open to children and teens ages 5 to 18 in more than 1,000 communities nationwide, including the YMCA serving the DC area.

In addition to nutritious and delicious meals, the summer food program will provide activities, including summer day camps, swimming, art, and fitness for these children to help them get their fill of food and fun during the summer.

To learn more or to find a Y in your community, visit the YMCA Summer Food Program website.

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