Monroe YMCA food program receives $15,000 grant

Monroe Family YMCA

The Monroe Family YMCA was one of 14 Michigan organizations to receive a grant recently from Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign.

No Kid Hungry granted nearly $168,000 to 14 schools and community organizations in Michigan.

“These grants will be used to expand their afterschool meal programs that support kids and families,” said Adrienne Carter, media manager for Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry program.

The Monroe Family YMCA had to apply for the competitive grant.

“This one-time grant is for $15,000,” said Amanda Schmitz, social responsibility and

community outreach director and food service delivery facilitator at the Y. “However, Share Our Strength and No Kid Hungry have been incredibly supportive of our feeding work for five years. We truly appreciate our partnership with them so that we may continue to innovate our community feeding efforts.”

The grant funds will help to feed local children.

“The funding will be used to identify gaps in healthy meal service and food deserts during out-of-school time and to provide additional meal distributions sites throughout Monroe County,” Schmitz said. “This will be achieved by working with community partners and US Department of Agriculture resources. The grant will also be used to support nutrition education to Monroe County youth, utilizing evidence-based curricula. Access to nutritious food should not be a concern for any family in Monroe County, as it is the most basic need for healthy development. Every child deserves access to healthy meals so that they can learn, grow and thrive. On behalf of the Monroe Family YMCA, we are grateful for the continued support from community partners, funders and USDA and Michigan Department of Education so that we may continue to positively impact our community through this mission work.”

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