With the onset of COVID-19, the YMCA expanded our food programs in partnership with 25 agencies, to help prevent hunger by distributing “grab and go meals” and bags of groceries across 70 sites. Since March 16, 2020 we have delivered more than 3.7 million meals and counting.
During the summer of 2020, when youth employment opportunities largely evaporated, we hired 446 teens to manage and staff our food distribution sites. These teen workers gained employment that elevated their self-confidence, self-worth and sense of responsibility while also exposing the teens to the value of community impact work.
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FREE SCHOOL YEAR AND SUMMER FOOD
The YMCA is working to make sure that no young person goes hungry when school is not in session, filling this gap by providing nutritious meals, snack and activities free of cost to keep kids nourished and engaged. The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that all children continue to grow and learn during the summer months. We sponsor more than 70 sites in all Boston communities at YMCA camp sites, libraries, community centers, churches, clinics, housing developments and parks.
We have strong partnerships with Project Bread, The Greater Boston Food Bank, the MBTA, the Mayor’s Office of Food Access, City Fresh Foods, Boston Housing Authority, and Boston Centers for Youth & Families to support our program.
To learn more about the Summer Food Program, contact SFSP@ymcaboston.org
CHILD AND ADULT CARE FOOD PROGRAM
The YMCA of Greater Boston also participates in the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) as a sponsor for the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) Nutrition.
The following YMCA Early Education centers are participating in the program:
- East Boston
- Woburn (Sylvan Road)
The YMCA of Greater Boston’s Families in Transition (FIT) housing shelter also participates in the CACFP program.
To learn more about our Hunger Prevention Programs, contact Wendy Zinn at firstname.lastname@example.org or 857-205-5615.