1 in 6 U.S. children doesn’t know where their next meal will come from. 10.5 percent (13.7 million) of U.S. households were food insecure at some time during 2019. Around 14 million children require immediate nutrition assistance.

The Metropolitan YMCAs of MS have served over 35,000 meals and snacks since COVID-19 started in March and over 51,000 meals and snacks in 2019. We are one of the top 3 organizations in MS that offer a feeding program. More than 1,000 YMCA sites across the country are collaborating to ensure children have continued access to healthy meals during the school closures related to COVID-19.

THE Y SEEKS TO IMPROVE CHILDREN’S HEALTH IN EVERY COMMUNITY WE SERVE.
Kids thrive when their physical, cognitive and social-emotional development is nurtured. By creating more healthy choices, the Y’s Healthy Eating Physical Activity (HEPA) Standards lay the foundation for a positive youth development journey.