The Metropolitan YMCAs of Jackson Helps Combat Child Hunger Amid School Closures

Amid school closures related to COVID-19, the YMCA is providing free Grab & Go meals to children ages 18 and under to ensure all kids have uninterrupted access to healthy and nutritious foods. 

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), one in seven children in the U.S. is fighting hunger. Because of school closures related to COVID-19, these kids are even more at risk of food insecurity. 

The Y is working to fill that gap. In partnership with the USDA, the Mississippi Department of Education Office of Child Nutrition, the Metropolitan YMCAs of Mississippi’s Feeding Program and the City of Jackson Parks and Recreation, the YMCA will help keep children be healthy and well-nourished by providing free meals for kids 18 and under, while adhering to the social distance guidance recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 

Families can pick up their child’s free Grab & Go lunch at these location and times: 

  • Clinton YMCA/400 Lindale Street Clinton MS 39056/12pm-1pm 
  • Soul City Church/242 Whitfield Street Jackson MS 39202/12pm-1pm 
  • Westisde Park/1450 Wiggins Road Jackson MS 39209/12pm-1pm 
  • Battlefield Park/953 Porter Street Jackson MS 39204/12pm-1pm 
  • Vergy P. Middleton/3971 Flag Chapel Road Jackson MS 39213/12pm-1pm 
  • Grove Park/4126 Parkway Ave Jackson MS 39213/12pm-1pm 

“During times of uncertainty, families can count on the Y to provide essential services for the community,” says Jara Miller, CEO, Metropolitan YMCAs of Mississippi. “The YMCA is committed to ensuring kids in our communities have ongoing, uninterrupted access to nutrition, especially while schools are closed.” 

The Y’s Food Program is part of a year-round effort to address child hunger. Last year, Metropolitan YMCAs of Jackson served over 51,000 meals and snacks to kids and teens in Jackson and surrounding communities.]. 

Together, we can make sure every child is safe, healthy and fed. 

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