LOCAL

Dow Westside YMCA offering food program

Staff Writer
Plaquemine Post South

ADDIS - To ensure that fewer kids and teens go hungry, the Dow Westside YMCA is offering a free Food Program as part of our Summer Day Camps and Afterschool Programs, thanks to a $35,000 grant from the Wal-Mart Foundation.

Combining food and fun, the program will provide nutritious meals and snacks, plus activities to keep kids' minds and bodies active. The program runs from now until May 2014 and is open to kids aged 18 and under.

The Dow Westside YMCA's Summer Food Program is part of a national partnership between YMCA of the USA and the Wal-Mart Foundation to address child hunger in communities.

While more than 30 million children in low-income communities receive free or reduced-cost meals during the school year, only 2.3 million of these same kids have access to free meals when school is out.

The Dow Westside YMCA will serve breakfast and lunch here in Addis. There are 10 after school sites participating in East Baton Rouge Parish and one site from West Baton Rouge Parish. At more than 900 summer food program sites nationwide, the Y will strive to serve 4 million healthy meals and snacks to 100,000 kids this summer.