Chickahominy YMCA offering meals to needy students

To ensure that children in the Greater Richmond and Petersburg areas have access to food year-round, the Chickahominy Family YMCA in Sandston is offering free healthy meals and snacks through its summer food program, thanks to a $5,000 grant funded by the Walmart Foundation.

The Y has partnered with the Walmart Foundation to address child hunger in communities, with a focus on increasing participation in the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program (SFSP), which provides free meals to children aged 18 and under while school is out. According to the Food Research and Action Center, only one in seven children who depend on free or reduced-cost meals during the school year received meals though the SFSP last summer.

At the Chickahominy Family YMCA, children will receive two meals and a snack each day. This summer, more than 300 Ys nationwide will offer summer food programs with a collective goal to serve five million healthy meals and snacks to 100,000 children.

Nationally, the Y is a partner in the Walmart Foundation’s 2012 Summer Giving Campaign, which has committed more than $20 million in grants to expand nutrition, learning and employment programs for elementary, middle and high school students in more than 350 communities. The Walmart Foundation contributed a $5 million grant to YMCA of the USA (Y-USA) to address child hunger. Y-USA, in turn, passes the funding along in the form of grants to participating YMCAs.
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The Henricus Historical Park’s Discovery Day Program Series continues with “Food of the 17th Century: Learn about what breakfast, lunch and dinner might look like for a Powhatan Indian or English colonist.” The program, designed for children ages 3-10, is from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Activities will include a story, short tour and activities in the historic site, and a make-and-take craft. Stay as little or as long as you like. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The series concludes Aug. 24. Admission is $10 per child and $7 per adult. Registration is required by calling 318-8797. Full text

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