Fighting Hunger Fueling Futures
The Sarasota Family YMCA Frank Berlin, Sr. Branch and Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch will be offering a Summer Food Program that provides nutritious meals and snacks, paired with fun learning activities to keep children healthy, active and well-nourished all summer long. The branches will be serving breakfast at 8am and lunch at 12pm for all children under 18 beginning Monday, June 8, 2015. The food program is free.
Thanks to generous support from the Walmart Foundation, the Y, Nationally, is better able to get important nutrition to kids in need and aims to serve 4,750,000 healthy meals and snacks to 200,000 kids this summer. The Y is dedicated to ensuring that kids in our communities have on-going access to nutrition all year long. When kids eat nutritiously, they’re more likely to reach their full potential. Also, good nutrition is essential for academic success.
“This may seem hard to believe, but one in five children in the U.S. lives in a household that does not have enough food. It’s important to us at the Sarasota YMCA to join the fight against hunger,” said Tracy Spalsbury, marketing director for the Sarasota YMCA. “As part of a long-time commitment to youth development, the Y nurtures the physical, mental and social-emotional development of youth from cradle to career and participating in the summer food program is just one way we’re changing lives.”