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Savannah's West Broad Street Y Joins National Effort to Provide Afterschool Meals

SAVANNAH, GA -

Savannah's West Broad Street YMCA is joining a national effort to serve 3.5 million healthy meals and snacks throughout this school year.

The program is part of a partnership between YMCA of the USA and the Walmart Foundation to provide activities to help improve academic skills in subjects like reading, math and arts. It will also make a healthy dinner available to kids who may otherwise be at risk of hunger when the school day ends.
 
According to the USDA, nearly 50 million Americans - including more than 16 million children and teens under age 18 - live with food insecurity. 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.
 
The Y is also working to improve the nutritional value of all meals and snacks served in early child care and afterschool settings. The West Broad Street YMCA has implemented standards to ensure children eat healthy foods and get adequate amounts of physical activity. This includes water at every meal and using food from its garden in the meals prepared on site.
 
The West Broad Street YMCA serves all of Savannah, but has a special mission for families living in the Kayton and Frazier Public Housing Neighborhoods where there are more than 500 children in the area with a median family income of under $8,200 a year. The West Broad Street YMCA works to help these families end generational poverty through education and enrichment programs.

To learn more, contact the West Broad Street YMCA at: 912 233 1951 or visit: westbroadstreetymca.org.

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