YMCA partnership offers food for Oklahoma City-area children

The Walmart Foundation and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma also are involved in an effort with the YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City to feed area children during the summer months.
BY MIRANDA WILSON Modified: June 27, 2012 at 5:38 pm •  Published: June 28, 2012
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The YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City has joined a national effort to serve 5 million healthy meals and snacks to 100,000 children to help keep them well-nourished this summer and help alleviate the strain on family food budgets when school is out.

The Y has partnered with the Walmart Foundation and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma to address child hunger, with a focus on increasing participation in the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Summer Food Service Program, which provides one free lunch each Monday through Friday to children 18 and younger from June 4 to July 27.

In the summer, many children are left without the nutrition they need to learn, grow and thrive. More than 21 million children lose access to free or reduced-cost meals once the school year ends, according to the USDA. In Oklahoma, one in four children struggle with hunger each day.

Six YMCA branches are offering free healthy meals and snacks through the summer food program, thanks to grants totaling $37,500 funded by the Walmart Foundation.

Through July 27, the Bethany, Edmond, Edward L. Gaylord Downtown, Midwest City, North Side and Rockwell Plaza YMCAs are operating feeding sites open to children in the general public.

“For some children in our communities, the end of the school year means end of meals,” said Mike Grady, president and CEO of the YMCA. “At the Y, we are focused on making sure children stay healthy and well-nourished. Thanks to the partnership with the Walmart Foundation and the Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma, our Y will be able to provide meals to children in the community who need them most.”

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Summer Food Service Program

Locations

Bethany YMCA: 3400 N Mueller Ave., call 789-0231. Lunch is from noon to 1 p.m., and afternoon snacks are from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m. The site is closed Friday and July 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Edmond YMCA: 1220 S Rankin, call 348-9622. Lunch is 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. and afternoon snacks 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Closed Thursday and July 5, 12, 19 and 26.

Edward L. Gaylord Downtown YMCA: 1 NW 4, call 297-7700. Lunch is 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.; snacks are 3 to 3:45 p.m.

Midwest City YMCA: 2817 N Woodcrest Drive, call 733-9622. Lunch is 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., afternoon snacks 3:30 to 4 p.m.

North Side YMCA: 10000 N Pennsylvania Ave., call 751-6363. Lunch is noon to 1 p.m., and afternoon snacks are 3 to 4 p.m. The site is closed Friday and July 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Rockwell Plaza YMCA: 8300 Glade Ave., call 621-5858. Lunch is 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Site closed Friday and July 6, 13, 20 and 27.

Information

To learn more about the summer food program, go to ymca.net/summer-food-program. To learn more about the YMCA' s programs, go to www.ymcaokc.org.

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