Free Food & Fun Program serves thousands of meals to area teens
Many parents rely on a school lunch program during the school year to feed their children, but what happens during the summer? Through our partnership with the U.S. Department of Agriculture and a $30,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation, the YMCA will provide food for children of low income families, ages 18 and younger. The Gainsboro and Kirk Family YMCAs will be open sites for kids to come for healthy meals and snacks during the summer. Starting June 18, we can feed up to 50 children at those two sites each day. This summer, we’re also serving more than 60,000 meals to the kids in our summer camp programs. That’s how the Y is making healthy, happy kids who can stay on the path to a brighter future.
There’s a lot that teens can discover during the summer months, and the Y is here to make sure they are engaging in safe and healthy activities that will help them learn, grow and thrive. That’s why the Kirk Family YMCA is inviting teens ages 13-18 to join us weekdays from 12am-3pm for lunch and an afternoon of adventure and activities at the Y. Lunch will be served each weekday at noon and then teens can play in the Y-ARCADE, our interactive gaming area; the Cyber Lounge, our multi-workstation computer lab; or other fun Y activities.
The YMCA and Roanoke City Schools partner for PE
The Roanoke City High School students can earn ½ a PE credit toward graduation for completing the YMCA Teen Fitness Program and participating in 70 hours of physical activity over a 3 month period at the Y. The program is offered at a reduced monthly membership fee for students. This program is offered year round for all High School and Alternative School students including Patrick Henry, William Fleming, Forest Park, and Noel C. Taylor Students.
The Y helps Rescue Mission program participants take the next step
To bring about meaningful change, individuals need ongoing encouragement and tools. That’s why we offer a free 3 month membership to those who are successfully participating in the Rescue Mission Twelve Step Recovery Program. The YMCA also provides recreational opportunities for the Rescue Mission Women and Family Shelter residence, including swimming and gym time. The Rescue Mission also participates in the YMCA Corporate Membership program so that their employees can be active at the Y.