SALT LAKE CITY — The YMCA of Northern Utah and Walmart Foundation are joining forces to combat child hunger this summer.
The Y Summer Food Program, with the help of a $7.1 million grant from the foundation, will serve 5 million meals and snacks along with learning activities to 250,000 kids and teens at 1,500 locations across the country. The program runs through Aug. 18.
Last summer, the YMCA of Northern Utah served more than 28,000 meals and 19,000 snacks in Utah communities.
According to the U.S Department of Agriculture, more than 22 million children and teens live with food insecurity and receive free or reduced-cost meals through the National School Lunch Program. However, only 12 percent of those kids continue to receive meals through the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program.
“Children within our own community rely on free and low-cost lunch plans during the school year, and they’re at risk of going hungry when school’s not in session,” Rich West, CEO of YMCA of Northern Utah, said in a statement. “The Y’s Summer Food Program helps fill that gap to make sure kids can enjoy healthy and delicious meals and snacks all summer long.”
Funding is used to provide healthy meals and snacks for the Y’s Summer Day Camp in Salt Lake, Weber, Summit and Wasatch counties, as well the YMCA Camp Roger and YMCA Mill Hollow overnight camps.
To learn more about the program, email Joe Norwood at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ymca.net/summerfood.