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Year Round Meal Programs
The YMCA of Austin is offering an Afterschool Meal Program to help children stay healthy and succeed in school. Through a national partnership between YMCA of the USA and the Walmart Foundation, the program combines learning enrichment activities with physical activity to keep minds and bodies active, while also serving a healthy meal to kids who may otherwise be at risk of hunger when the school day ends.
Locally, a partnership with the Central Texas Food Bank makes this initiative possible. Each afternoon, healthy meals are delivered and served free of charge to participants at 16 different YMCA afterschool programs and learning centers.
According to the USDA, nearly 50 million Americans – including more than 16 million children and teens under age 18 – live with food insecurity. In Texas, 18.4% of households have food insecurity or very low food security [i]. Through its afterschool program and a grant from the Walmart Foundation, the Y will serve more children through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA)’s Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), which feeds school-aged children during the week, on weekends, and during school vacations.
Y Afterschool and Learning Center programs focus on safety, fun, and enrichment. Curriculum activities are age appropriate and provide purposeful learning opportunities for participants as curriculum is based on the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards, the Y's five character values, and the Search Institute's 40 Developmental Assets. The suppers provided by the Central Texas Food Bank help strengthen our program even more and provide parents with an additional level of support.
The Central Texas Food Bank meals are being offered to participants at:
Blake Manor Elementary
Bluebonnet Trail Elementary
Oak Meadows Elementary
Pioneer Crossing Elementary
Presidential Meadows Elementary
Forest Park Learning Center
Heights on Congress Learning Center
Silver Springs Learning Center
Villas on Sixth Learning Center
We are excited for this opportunity to further serve our community and look forward to combating hunger alongside our partners.
About Philanthropy at Walmart
Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are committed to helping people live better through philanthropic efforts. By operating globally and giving back locally, Walmart is uniquely positioned to address the needs of the communities it serves and make a significant social impact within its core areas of giving: Hunger Relief & Healthy Eating, Sustainability, Career Opportunity and Women’s Economic Empowerment. Walmart and the Walmart Foundation are leading the fight against hunger in the United States with a $2 billion commitment through 2015. Together, they have donated more than 1 billion meals to those in need across the country. To learn more about Walmart’s giving, visit foundation.walmart.com.
[i]. Coleman-Jensen, A., Nord, M., & Singh, A. (2013). Household Food Security in the United States in 2012. USDA ERS