Children’s Summer Food Program | Eyewitness News
WILLIAMSPORT, LYCOMING COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) — Food insecurity affects millions of Americans of all ages.
The River Valley Regional YMCA works to bridge the gap between child hunger during the summer months.
Many school districts provide free lunches to students, but the summer months can be tough for families facing food insecurity. The River Valley Regional YMCA has partnered with the state Department of Education and USDA for their summer food program.
“We have certain guidelines that we have to follow in terms of what we can serve them, what we can’t serve them. The kids get lunch and an afternoon snack,” said Sandy Bair, child care support assistant at the River Valley Regional YMCA.
This includes foods such as fresh fruit, vegetables, milk and sandwiches, which are stored and prepared on site.
“We use the Central Pennsylvania Food Bank and we use local food supply vendors,” Bair added.
In Pennsylvania, 1 in 7 children go hungry, according to Feeding America. The YMCA Summer Food Program supports nearly 200 children at no additional cost to families.
“We have a lot of food insecurity in our area, and the children usually don’t get nutritious meals at home, so they depend on the meals they get through our programs,” Bair explained.
They have 3 locations in Williamsport, Lock Haven and Jersey Shore where kids can grab a meal until school starts again.