Afterschool Meal Program

Millions of children and teens lack access to healthy, affordable food at the end of their school day. The YMCA ensures that kids are nourished every day, all year long, so they can reach their full potential.

Afterschool Meal Program

Bridging the Food Gaps

Vacation days, weekends and holidays often mean that students do not have access to school meal programs. Summer break creates an additional challenge for kids who rely on free or reduced-cost school meals. The Y is committed to bridging these gaps to ensure kids who rely on free or reduced-cost school meals are nourished all year long.

The Y Feeds Kids

  • 22 million

    More than 22 million children in the U.S. depend on free or reduced-cost school meals and snacks.

  • 4 million

    In addition to meals, Ys currently are distributing nearly 4 million pounds of groceries per month to families.

YMCA staff handing out healthy meals to youth

A Partnership That Feeds Kids

Almost 18 million kids and teens live with food insecurity, meaning they lack access to healthy, affordable meals. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), when the school day ends, many of these young people are at risk of going hungry. Thanks to our partnership with the Walmart Foundation, the Y is able to ensure they have access to meals during this critical out-of-school time.

The Meal Stories That Connect Us All

Watch more Y stories

  • Afterschool Meal Program: A Huge Blessing for our Family.

    With frequent visits to the Veteran Affairs (VA) hospital for her husband Danny’s treatments and the hustle and bustle of life as a parent of four, Katrina is relieved that she can count on the YMCA of Northern Utah’s Afterschool Meal Program. Her children receive help with their homework and a healthy meal while engaging in activities that contribute to their health, well-being and growth. This is their Y. Their Camera. Their Story.

  • Feeding Children Together: Detroit, MI

    You’ve never seen kids have this much fun with apples. Check out their faces when apple nachos are on the menu! Special thanks to Walmart Foundation for helping YMCA of Metropolitan Detroit ensure all children have access to nutritious food.

  • Feeding Children Together: Asheville, NC

    Getting kids to eat vegetables can be challenging, especially when there is no grocery store nearby. The Asheville YMCA provides fresh produce and creative meal ideas to food desert communities in Western North Carolina. Now we’re sharing these tips with you.

Find Your Y

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Setting the Table In and Out of School

As part of our focus to empower all children to reach their full potential, the Y is committed to keeping kids nourished all year long.

  • Summer Food Programs

    For many of our young people, summers away from school meal programs can be a concerning time. Learn about what the Y is doing to help deal with food insecurity over the summer.