Stamford Family Y Awarded $25,000 YMCA of the USA Year-Round Food Grant!
STAMFORD, Conn., September 1, 2017 – To help Stamford’s kids stay healthy, succeed in school and reach their full potential, the Stamford Family YMCA is offering an Afterschool Meal Program thanks to support from the Walmart Foundation. Combining educational and physical activity, the program keeps kids’ minds and bodies active, while also serving a healthy meals to kids who may otherwise be at risk of hunger when the school day ends.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), around 22 million children and teens under age 18 live with food insecurity. Through its afterschool program and a grant from the Walmart Foundation, the Y will serve more children through the USDA’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which feeds school-aged children during the week, on weekends and during school vacations. This school year, the Y will offer an Afterschool Meal Program at nearly 1,500 locations across the country.
During the school year, the Stamford Family YMCA plans to serve 76,925 meals to 425 kids and teens here in Stamford, Connecticut. Last year, the Y served over 485,000 kids nearly 18 million meals and snacks nationwide.
“Hunger doesn’t stop just because the school day ends. The LEAD Academy Afterschool Meal Program will serve kids healthy meals while also providing learning and physical activities that keep minds and bodies active,” said Stamford Y CEO Clinton Hamilton. “Thanks to the Walmart Foundation, our Y will be able to do more to help close the gap of food insecurity among children and teens all year long.”
As part of a long-time commitment to youth development, the Y nurtures the physical, mental and social-emotional development of youth. Combining play with academic enrichment, the Stamford Y’s LEAD Academy After School Program promotes creativity, a love for learning, social and emotional development and character building, while complementing lessons learned during the school day.
The Y’s Afterschool Meal Program is part of a year-round effort to address child hunger. During the summer, the Stamford Family YMCA served 10,000 meals and snacks to over 300 kids and teens here in the city of Stamford.
About the Stamford Family YMCA
The Stamford Family YMCA was founded in 1868. Its Aquatics Program is one of its key offerings. Each year YMCAs nationwide teach more than a million children to swim and give them opportunities to build confidence and a lifetime skill set through many levels of swim lessons and competition. The Y is also known for its award-winning Leadership, Enrichment, Acceptance and Development (LEAD) Program for children in grades six through 12, and the LEAD Academy licensed after-school academic enrichment program for elementary school children, including a computer lab. Currently the organization employs ten full-time directors supported by more than 100 part-time and seasonal personnel, including those who support its Aquatics Program, headed by Natalia Aponte. The Y is located at 10 Bell Street, just east of Washington Boulevard. The Y offers complimentary parking for members in the Bell Street parking garage. For further information call 203-357-7000 or visit www.stamfordymca.org.
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