Free meals now available After School

Ella Perry and Olivia Davidson enjoy an after school snack.

The YMCA is now feeding ALL children after school through the Child and Adult Care Food Program

School is back in session for the community schools, and the YMCA is excited for their After School Program to begin. This year the Washington County Family YMCA will continue to offer their After School Program to children at Salem Community Schools and West Washington Schools in Kindergarten through 6th grade. However, this year through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), they will be able to feed children of all ages for free at 4 p.m. each day.   

The YMCA is now offering homework help, STEAM activities, character development and healthy living elements through their After School Program. The program runs any day that Salem Community Schools is in session, and out of school camps are available when school is out. Students ride the bus from their school to the Y, are fed a healthy Super Snack through CACFP, work on their homework, interact with their peers during STEAM projects, and create healthy bodies through physical activity. Students may attend part or full time from 3:30-6 pm each day. Pricing and program information can be obtained from the YMCA or online at wcfymca.org.

Thanks to a new sponsorship with Indiana’s Office of School and Commuity Nutrition, not only may students in the Y’s After School Programs be offered a 5 component Super Snack but ANY student in the county that would like to be served a meal may stop by the Y at 4 p.m. Any child up to the age of 18 or still enrolled in high school, may receive the Super Snack at no cost. Meals are served Monday through Friday, any day that school is in session. Meals may be served at other times during school breaks. All meals must be consumed on site at the YMCA in the multi-purpose room. Meals will be available at no separate charge to enrolled children without regard to race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.

The goal of the program is to improve the diets of children and increase the opportunity for children to eat a variety of nutritious foods.  The meals and snacks served meet standards established by the United States Department of Agriculture for the Child and Adult Care Food Program. For further information contact Chelsey Miller at 883-9622 or Chelsey@wcfymca.org

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