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Tampa YMCA offering free summer meals and activities for kids

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To ensure fewer kids and teens go hungry this summer, the Tampa Metropolitan Area YMCA is offering a free Summer Food Program, thanks to a $35,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.

Combining food and fun, the program will provide free meals, plus activities to keep kids’ minds and bodies active. The program runs from now until August 15th and is open to all kids in the community between ages 5-18.

The Tampa YMCA’s Summer Food Program is part of a national partnership between YMCA of the USA and the Walmart Foundation to address child hunger in communities. While more than 30 million children in low-income communities receive free or reduced-cost meals during the school year, only 2.3 million of these same kids have access to free meals when school is out. At more than 1,100 summer food program sites nationwide, the Y will strive to serve 5 million healthy meals and snacks to 150,000 kids this summer.

The Tampa YMCA is partnering with the USDA’s Summer Food Service Program and the Potter’s House to serve children free meals, which meet federal nutrition guidelines. Between now and August 15th, any child between ages 5-18 can have free breakfast or lunch at the following branches: Bob Gilbertson Central City Family YMCA, Bob Sierra Family YMCA, New Tampa Family YMCA, North Brandon Family YMCA, Northwest Hillsborough Family YMCA, Plant City Family YMCA, Sulphur Springs YMCA and YMCA Camp Cristina.

To find out more about the time frames when meals and activities are available contact your local branch.

For more information visit www.ymca.net/summer-food-program

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