YMCA’s Meals for Kids Program helps feed hungry bellies this summer

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More than 30 million kids get free or reduced cost meals during the school year.  The YMCA is joining with a number of sponsors, including Wal-Mart, to keep those kids fed in the summer, too.

The Meals for Kids Program provides free lunches, along with summer activities to keep those kids busy.  Organizers hope to serve as many as 10,000 meals in 8 city parks before the school year starts again.

According to YMCA’s website, the program aims to “serve nutritious meals for kids ages 2-18.  No application, income verification or registration is required.  After kids eat, Y staff offer activities including playground games, board games, arts/crafts and more.”

“Meals for Kids is a community outreach program of the YMCA of Greater Erie and is sponsored by the Walmart Foundation, Kern Family Foundation, MJ Surgala Trust, the City of Erie, Erie Housing Authority, VIBE 104.3 and Classy 100.”
Summer Meals for Kids locations and serve times are as follows for 2017, with service from June 12-Aug. 18:
Community of Caring, Dayenu House, 261 East 21 Street, 11:30 a.m.-12:30p.m.
Downtown YMCA, 31 West 10th Street, 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Friendship Baptist Church, 1719 Cascade Street, 5-6 p.m.
Girard Borough Park, 34 Main Street W., 4-5 p.m. (Food + Fun Bus) – begins June 19
Granada Apartments, 1717 Kuntz Road, 2-3 p.m. (Food + Fun Bus)
Hillcrest Church, 12921 Dundon Road, Edinboro, 12-1 p.m.
Lake City Dwellings, 215 East 16th Street, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
MLK Center, 4th & Chestnut, 5-6 p.m.
Parade Street Commons, 314 East 20th Street, 12-1 p.m.  (Saturdays)
Pfeiffer Burleigh School, 235 E. 11th Street, 8-9 a.m. & 12:15-1:15 p.m. (Food + Fun Bus)
Union City Elementary School, 91 Miles St., Union City, 12-1 p.m. – begins July 10
Union City Estates, 61 Parade St. #101, Union City, 12:15-1:15 p.m.
Meals are served during the school year at the Eastside Family Y, 2101 Nagle Road, on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30-6 p.m.
For more detailed information, please visit https://www.ymcaerie.org/?s=meals.

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