YMCA Food Program
Over 500,000 healthy meals served to Anaheim youth in one year
After School Food Program
The Y recently launched an After School Food Program to provide children with nutrition so they can be healthy, succeed in school and are not at risk of going hungry.
The after school food program was created to fill the late afternoon hunger gap by providing healthy meals for students in the Anaheim Achieves after school program. Data revealed that 85% of the students in the Anaheim City School District are provided with a free or reduced price lunch, and 7% self-report insufficient food at home to meet their basic needs.
Thanks to our partnership with the Anaheim City School District, we are ensuring that over 2,000 children in our after school programs have access to healthy meals during out-of-school time, when they need them most.
As part of our focus on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, the Y is committed to keeping children nourished and teaching them healthy habits all year long.
Recently, our Food Program has expanded and is now feeding all Anaheim Achieves students at every Junior High School in the Anaheim Union High School District.
Food Program Facts
• Approximately 8,790 meals are ordered every week
• All meals are healthy. Each meal serves low-fat milk, two servings of fruits and vegetables, whole grains or wheat, and protein
• Meal is served between 4:45 – 5:15 p.m.
• Over 500,000 healthy meals served in one year
More than 16 million children and teens under 18 live with food insecurity, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). And when the school day ends, many of these youth are at risk of going hungry.