Through a national partnership between YMCA of the USA and the Walmart Foundation, the Moultrie YMCA offers a free Year Round Food Program. The program combines learning enrichment activities with physical activity to keep minds and bodies active, while also serving a healthy meal to kids who may otherwise be at risk of hunger when the school day ends. The Y is committed to nurturing the physical, mental and social-emotional development of youth 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. Through its afterschool program and a grant from the Walmart Foundation, the Y will serve more children through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP). The YMCA’s Food & Fun curriculum, developed in collaboration with the Harvard School of Public Health, is one of our tools for creating healthy environments and supporting the well-being of kids at the Y and at home. Food & Fun is designed to incorporate lessons and activities about healthy eating and physical activity into regular afterschool program schedules.
Many children are introduced to new fruits and vegetables through the YMCA's Feeding Program. Nutritious menus are planned weekly by Food Program Director, Savannah Mothershed. Local partnerships with Packer Produce, Sysco Gulf Coast and Moultrie Distributors, Inc. have made this program a success thus far.
In 2016, the Y was awarded a $25,000 Walmart/Y-USA grant which will allow us to build a teaching kitchen at our new South Campus. Details coming soon.
Interested in volunteering with the food program? Please download a YMCA Volunteer Application and we'll get you through some paperwork and started!
Moultrie YMCA Food Program Stats:
Summer 2014: 4,000 meals to 282 kids
School year 2014-15: 30,586 meals to 450 kids
School year 2015-16: 40,000 meals to 682 kids
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