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Local YMCA provides meals for children and groceries for families

Family YMCA of Greater Augusta is offering free meals to children all summer through the Summer Food Service Program in partnership with Bright From the Start.

The Y aims to close the hunger gap once school is no longer open. Thousands of meals will be provided daily to children at YMCA locations and partner sites in Burke, Columbia, McDuffie, Jefferson and Richmond counties in Georgia and Aiken and Barnwell counties in South Carolina.

North Jefferson Family Y in Wrens is distributing meals through July 31, Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. and noon to 1 p.m. View all locations and meals at https://thefamilyy.org/food-program/

“It’s heartbreaking how many children don’t have access to nutritious food when school is out for the summer,” said Catie McCauley, Chief Operating Officer at the Y. “That’s why our Summer Food Program is critical to ensuring no child goes hungry suffers. ”

Cheryl’s Kitchen Food Program is part of the YMCA’s efforts to address child hunger year-round. Since March 2020, the Y has provided more than 3.1 million meals and snacks to those in need. All area YMCA locations also serve as food banks through the Golden Harvest Food Bank, and nonperishable groceries can be picked up on weekdays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Those seeking groceries through the food pantry program are encouraged to call 706-547-2653 in advance to ensure availability.

A meal is provided free of charge for all children. The acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination during meal service. YMCA membership is not required to receive meals.