YMCA of Central Ohio

Summer Food Program Helps Kids Hop the Gap

At the Y, we believe all children and teens deserve the opportunity to discover who they are and what they can achieve. Yet for some youth, hunger is a barrier to success. Today in the U.S., nearly one in five households with children does not have enough food. During the summer, access to healthy meals can be an even greater challenge for kids who receive free or reduced-price lunch during the school year. As a leading nonprofit for strengthening community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y provides kids with the fuel to reach their full potential.

Through the Summer Food Program—incorporated into other programs like camp—the Y delivers healthy meals and snacks to nourish the minds and bodies of kids in need.

Since 2011, the Walmart Foundation has partnered with the Y in the fight to end child hunger. The foundation’s generous support during the past four years has helped the Y serve more than 34 million meals to youth in afterschool and summer programs. The reach of this work grows each year, and this summer alone the Y aims to provide 4.25 million meals to 180,000 kids at 1,100 sites. Locally in Central Ohio, we continue to expand our reach and provide meals and snacks to children:

Summer 2014
Sites - 8 
Kids Served – 1,608
Meals - 31,050 (Breakfast and Lunch)
Snacks – 6,892

School Year 2015
Sites - 26
Kids Served - 756
Meals - 64,026 (Supper)
Snacks - 22,747

The Y provides support and programs that help youth overcome challenges related to hunger, health, learning, water safety and access to safe spaces. To learn how children and teens overcome barriers—or hop the gap—to achieve more with the Y, visit hopthegap.org. Click here to view our Summer Food Program sites throughout Central Ohio.