YMCA Offers FREE Meals Through Summer Food Program

One in six children in the U.S. don’t know where their next meal is coming from. The summer is a particularly vulnerable time for kids who rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year. At the YMCA of Cass and Clay Counties, we know that children who receive daily nutrition are set up to succeed. In 2018, we served 227,437 meals to youth in our neighborhoods through our food program. 

We are continuing to help kids reach their full potential by participating in the 2019 Summer Food Service Program through the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

We will be providing FREE access to healthy meals in Cass and Clay Counties to ALL children up to age 18 AT NO CHARGE when school is out for summer. All meals meet standards established by the USDA.

No registration is required! Participants are invited to join us at any of the sites below for a healthy meal! Those who choose to stay for the full time-slot allotted will also be encouraged to join in on a physical activity!

Days & Times Offered:

  • Monday – Friday
  • Breakfast | 6:30 – 8:30am
  • Lunch | 11:00am – 12:30pm
  • Cold Supper | 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Site Name Meals Offered Site Address Program Dates
Fercho YMCA Breakfast, Lunch 400 1st Ave S, Fargo June 3 – August 21, 2019
Schlossman YMCA Breakfast, Lunch 4243 19th Ave S, Fargo June 3 – August 21, 2019
Madison Elementary Lunch and Supper 1040 N 29th St, Fargo June 3 – August 21, 2019
Jefferson Elementary Lunch and Supper 1701 4th Ave S, Fargo June 3 – August 21, 2019
Eastwood Elementary Lunch and Supper 500 10th Ave E, West Fargo June 3 – August 23, 2019
L. E. Berger Elementary Lunch and Supper 631 4th Ave E, West Fargo June 3 – August 23, 2019
Robert Asp Elementary Lunch and Supper 910 11th St N, Moorhead June 3 – August 29, 2019
Ellen Hopkins Elementary Lunch and Supper 2020 11th St S, Moorhead June 3 – August 29, 2019
Dilworth Lutheran Church Breakfast, Lunch 406 NE 3rd St Dilworth June 3 – August 29, 2019

Want to get involved?

Help us spread the word about the Y’s Summer Food Program! Hang a flyer around your neighborhood or spread the word to families you know who may benefit from this program. On social media? Share about the program using #TheYFeedsKids, #ymcacassclay, and #summerfood.

2019 Summer Food Program Flyer

We are seeking volunteers to help with the Summer Food Program June – August! Volunteers will have the option to either help with the meal or lead a physical activity with the kids. Volunteers working with the meals will help with set up, serving and also clean up and must be on site for their shift 30 minutes prior to serving the meal. We welcome individuals and/or groups to volunteer either one time or, preferably, on a regular schedule throughout the summer. Prior to working, all volunteers must A) Fill out a volunteer form and return to Katie Anderson (contact information below); and B) Attend a 15-30 minute training with a Food Program Trainer (set up either immediately before your first shift or at a convenient time for you). Volunteers for the Summer Food Program must be 18+ years old. Interested in volunteering? Please contact Katie Anderson, Learning Center Food Program Specialist, at kathryn.anderson@ymcacassclay.org or 218.359.2322. 

The Y welcomes monetary donations in order to continue to enhance the quality of the Summer Food Program through healthy meals. Interested in donating? Please contact Lorrie Thoemke, Vice President of Learning Centers, at thoemke@ymcacassclay.org or 701.364.4119.

Have Fun in the Kitchen
Helping kids be involved in the kitchen is a great way to promote development (motor skills, cognition and confidence) while encouraging healthy eating habits. Check out these nutritious, child-friendly recipes that are easy to make (with adult supervision) and delicious to eat!

For more information about the Summer Food Program, please contact Katie Anderson, Learning Center Food Program Specialist, at kathryn.anderson@ymcacassclay.org or 218.359.2322.

In accordance with federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: www.ascr.usda.gov/complaint_filing_cust.html, and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:

(1) mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture

Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights

1400 Independence Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20250-9410

(2) fax: (202) 690-7442; or

(3) email: program.intake@usda.gov

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.