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Ozarks Regional YMCA to Provide Afterschool Meal Program

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Ozarks Regional YMCA is offering an Afterschool Meal Program throughout the school year this year to provide children with additional nutrition and learning opportunities to help them succeed in school.
SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – The Ozarks Regional YMCA is offering an Afterschool Meal Program throughout the school year this year to provide children with additional nutrition and learning opportunities to help them succeed in school.

According to a press release, the Ozarks Regional YMCA is joining a national effort to serve 3.5 million healthy meals and snacks through the school year, in a partnership with the Wal-Mart Foundation.

The program will provide activities to help improve academic skills in subjects like reading, math and arts. The food provided will be healthy meals or snacks made available to kids who may otherwise be at risk of hunger when the school day ends.

According to the USDA, nearly 50 million Americans, including more than 16 million children and teens under the age of 18, live with food insecurity. Through this program and with a grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation, the YMCA will serve children through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which feeds school-aged children during the week, on weekends and during school vacations.

“Some students, particularly those who receive free or reduced-cost breakfast and lunch, may not know where their next meal will come from when the school day ends,” says Ashley French, District Director of Operations, Ozarks Regional YMCA, “At the Y, we are committed to keeping kids nourished all year long. Thanks to the Wal-Mart Foundation, our Y will be able to do more to address this issue.”

To learn more, contact the Ozarks Regional YMCA at 417.862.7456 or visit www.orymca.org.


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