Grand Rapids, MI (May 31, 2016) – The David D. Hunting YMCA will now provide free meals to 24 programs this summer – more than ever before. These programs will serve more than 900 meals a day and over 1,300 meals a day during the month of July. While summer should be a time of fun, exploration and relaxation, many children are left without the nutrition they need to learn, grow, and thrive. More than 21 million children lose access to free or reduced-cost meals once the school year ends, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). To ensure that children in Grand Rapids have access to food year-round, the David D. Hunting YMCA is giving free healthy lunches through its summer food program, thanks to a 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 Program, which provides free meals to children aged 18 and under without charge while school is out. The meals at the participating programs listed below are limited to pre-registered participants, but the Believe 2 Become program at Roosevelt Park Ministries is open to the community July 18 through July 28, Monday-Thursday, from 12:00 am – 1:30 pm.

For some children in our communities, the end of the school year means end of meals,” said C.J. Paciencia, Food Services Director at the David D. Hunting YMCA. “At the Y, we are focused on making sure children stay healthy and well-nourished. Thanks to our partnership with the Walmart Foundation, the David D. Hunting YMCA will be able to provide lunch to children in our community who need it most.”

Meals will be provided at the following locations:

  • Aberdeen Park: 2230 Eastern Ave. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505
  • Arbor Circle: 1115 Ball Ave. Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Believe 2 Become @ Mary Free Bed YMCA: 5500 Burton St. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49546
  • Believe 2 Become @ Roosevelt Park Ministries: 1530 Grandville Ave. SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Believe 2 Become @ U-Prep Academy: 521 S Division Ave. Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Calvin Christian Reformed Church: 700 Ethel Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • Coit Creative Arts Academy: 617 Coit Ave. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • The Cook Arts Center: 644 Grandville Ave. SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Cook Library Center: 1100 Grandville Ave. SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Cross Roads Bible Church: 800 Scribner Ave. SW Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • David D. Hunting YMCA: 475 Lake Michigan Dr. Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • David D. Hunting YMCA TeenZone: 475 Lake Michigan Dr. Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Martin Luther King Park: 900 Fuller Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49506
  • Neland Ave Church: 940 Neland Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49507
  • New City Neighbors: 1226 Union St. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505
  • Plaster Creek Park: 2437 Buchanan Ave. SW Grand Rapids, MI 49507
  • Potters House: 810 Van Raalte Dr. Grand Rapids, MI 49509
  • Raspberry Field: 1010 Sheldon Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Richmond Park: 1829 Alpine Ave. NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Riverside Park: 2875 Monroe Ave. NE Grand Rapids, MI 49505
  • Roosevelt Park Ministries: 1530 Grandville Ave. SW Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • Sibley Field: 943 Sibley St NW Grand Rapids, MI 49504
  • Tabernacle Community Church: 2550 Eastern Ave. SE Grand Rapids, MI 49507
  • UICA (Urban Institute for Contemporary Arts): 2 Fulton St. W Grand Rapids, MI 49503
  • WMCAT (West Michigan Center for Arts & Technology): 98 Fulton St. E #202 Grand Rapids, MI 49503

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