2018-05-17 / Front Page

Family Y to feed kids this summer

When the final bell of the school year rings, children run home, eagerly anticipating the freedom of summer. A week (sometimes even just days) later, parents hear the dreaded two-word phrase, “I’m Hungry.”

Kids can’t focus when they’re hungry. Children who rely on low- cost lunch plans during the school year are at risk of going hungry when school is not in session. The YMCA’s Summer Food Program helps fill that gap to make sure kids can enjoy healthy meals and snacks throughout the summer.

With the financial support of benefactors, the Family Y of Greater Augusta will be able to feed children throughout the year in its summer camp and after-school programs through the YMCA of the U.S.A.’s Summer Food Program grant. In an effort to serve even more children in the community, seven mobile food sites will be serving children free meals, along with 13 summer camp locations. A number of mobile sites will be open throughout the Augusta area, and other sites in and close to Lincoln County will also serve meals.

Nearby sites include:

Family YMCA’s Camp Lakeside, 1238 Dogwood Lane, Lincolnton; lunch, noon-1 p.m., snack, 3-3:30 p.m. This site will be open week­days, Monday-Friday, May 29- August 3. It will be closed July 4.

Thomson Family YMCA, 521 Hill Street, Thomson; lunch, noon-1 p.m., snack, 3-3:30 p.m. This site will be open weekdays, Monday- Friday, May 28-August 3. It will be closed July 4.

Marshall Family YMCA at Pa­triots Park, 5445 Columbia Road, Grovetown; lunch, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., snack, 3-4 p.m. This site will be open weekdays, Monday-Friday, May 29-August 3. It will be closed July 4.

Steiner Branch Family YMCA, 218 Partnership Drive, Grovetown; lunch, 11:45 a.m.-1 p.m., snack, 3-3:30 p.m. This site will be open weekdays, Monday-Friday, May 28-August 3. It will be closed July 4.

Wilson Family YMCA, 3570 Wheeler Road, Augusta; lunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., snack, 3-4 p.m. This site will be open weekdays, Monday-Friday, May 28-August 3. It will be closed July 4.

Wilson Family YMCA at Sue Reynolds Elementary School, 3840 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta; lunch, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., snack, 3-4:15 p.m. This site will be open weekdays, Monday-Friday, June 4-July 27. It will be closed July 4.

This free program is open to anyone ages 18 and younger.

Whether it’s keeping little ones full, helping children read, keeping kids safe around water, or keeping them active and engaged through­out the summer, the YMCA has a program to benefit all youth in the community.

With a 160-year legacy of service in the CSRA, the nonprofit Family YMCA of Greater Augusta offers programs and services at 70 CSRA program centers, including 10 pro­gram and wellness facilities, one full-time child development center, and Camp Lakeside, a 100-acre camp located on Lake Thurmond.

The Family Y’s Prime Time pro­gram provides after-school care at 36 Richmond, McDuffie and Aiken County elementary schools and 15 summer camp sites. The Head Start Pre-K Program operates 7 facilities in Aiken and Barnwell counties. Currently, more than 51,000 mem­bers and more than 48,000 non- member program participants are served by the Family Y.

To learn more, call 706-922- YMCA.

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