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Nothing is more fundamental to ensuring that children can learn, grow and thrive than consistent access to healthy meals. Yet one in six children in the United States does not know where their next meal will come from. In response, the Y, in partnership with Walmart, is working to increase local Y participation in the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) for afterschool meals and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) for summer meals. Ys across the country serve as USDA food sponsors responsible for food distribution and administration, or partner with other USDA sponsors (e.g., schools, food banks, faith-based organizations) to nourish children.

In addition to the healthy nutrition programs we offer youth enrolled in our childcare center, we are also partnering with Feeding Westchester to host their Mobile Food Pantry Program. In this effort, families are invited to pick up pre-packaged bags of vegetables, fruit and meat from our parking lot. No pre-registration is required and all are welcome to attend.

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

Do you want to help with this effort? We are looking for volunteers who can help with packaging food, breaking down boxes and helping with unpacking the mobile food pantry. If you are interesed in helping please contact Zachary Swierat, Senior Program Director at zswierat@nrymca.org.