The Y Feeds Kids

When 650-750 area children rely on the Ozarks Regional YMCA for a snack or meal, transportation is often an overlooked necessity. The Five Star Meal Program provides 17 local schools an after school snack.

To help facilitate the transportation of healthy snacks, the Wal-Mart Foundation funded a grant that was used to purchase a “new-to-us” van. The new van helps our local kids stay healthy and happy in our after school programs, where they participate in enrichment programs, physical activities and school work, too.

Many of the children in the program receive free and reduced lunches, so this additional food security takes one less stress off of local low-income families, according to Dana Rust, School Age Services Executive Director. Thankfully, the van makes food transportation easy and convenient.

In addition, our van is helping the School Age Services Department partner with Life360 and The Fairbanks to feed meals to families in Springfield’s Zone 1. The Northwest Project also exists with funds from the Wal-Mart Foundation.

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