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 2017, we served 51,929 meals to youth in our neighborhoods between June – August. On average, we served 1,118 children per day.

We are continuing to help kids reach their full potential by participating in the 2018 Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) 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!

2018 Days & Times Offered:

  • Monday – Friday
  • Lunch – 11:00am – 12:30pm
  • Cold Supper – 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Site Name: Site Address: Dates of Operation:
Schlossman YMCA 4243 19th Ave S, Fargo June 4, 2018 – August 22, 2018
Madison Elementary 1040 N 29th St, Fargo June 4, 2018 – August 22, 2018
Jefferson Elementary 1701 4th Ave S, Fargo June 4, 2018 – August 22, 2018
West Fargo Early Learning Center 1042 14th Ave E, West Fargo June 4, 2018 – August 27, 2018
L.E. Berger Elementary 631 4th Ave E, West Fargo June 4, 2018 – August 27, 2018
Eastwood Elementary 500 10th Ave E, West Fargo June 4, 2018 – August 27, 2018
Ellen Hopkins Elementary 2020 11th St S, Moorhead June 11, 2018 – August 31, 2018
Robert Asp Elementary 910 11th St N, Moorhead June 11, 2018 – August 31, 2018
Dilworth Lutheran Church 406 NE 3rd St Dilworth June 4, 2018 – August 31, 2018
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, #summerfood and/or #eatsmartplayhard.

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 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 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!

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