Free meals offered to kids during YMCA summer program

Metro Wire Staff

The Stevens Point Area YMCA has announced it will continue providing free meals to children this summer.

The Summer Meal Program is sponsored by the Department of Agriculture as a way to ensure children have access to healthy meals while school is not in session. The reimbursement program operates through the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

The program offers free healthy meals during the summer months to young people under the age of 18 beginning Tuesday, June 11 and ending Friday, August 30.

The YMCA will be serving breakfast from 8:30-9:30 a.m. and lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Drop-ins are welcome and no registration is required.

According to the DPI, over 26 million children eat lunch daily while school is in session. In 2018, 2.9 meals were served during the summer program at 965 sites across the state.

Families can find additional summer meal providers and locations at www.fns.usda.gov/summerfoodrocks. For more information on the YMCA Summer Meal Program, contact Chelsea Kelly at (715) 342-2980, ext. 342 or by email at ckelly@spymca.org.

The Stevens Point Area YMCA is located at 1000 Division St.