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Greater Valley YMCA Feeds Kids and Fuels Potential

July 1, 2019 at 12:46 PM

Greater Valley YMCA Feeds Kids and Fuels Potential

Thanks to many partnerships, the Y serves free healthy lunches at 12 open meal sites throughout the summer.


[Lehigh Valley, July 1, 2019] – To help the Lehigh Valley’s children stay healthy and reach their full potential, the Greater Valley YMCA is offering a free Summer Meal Program thanks to support from various partnerships.  Combining enrichment programming with every meal served, the program keeps kids’ minds active during the summer months while also serving a balanced lunch to those who may otherwise be at risk of hunger when the school year ends.


According to Feeding America, 1 in 6 children live with food insecurity and don’t know where their next meal is coming from. Maribel Tandazo, Director of Pathway Development at the Greater Valley YMCA shares, “The Y understands that the summer can be a particularly vulnerable time for kids who rely on free or reduced-price meals during the school year. The goal of the Y’s Summer Meal Program is to ensure that fewer kids and teens go hungry this summer.”  The Y’s free meals sites are open to all individuals ages 18 and younger.


Last year, the Greater Valley YMCA served 3,700 meals across 5 summer meal sites throughout the Lehigh Valley.  The Y is operating 12 summer meal locations this year, doubling the number of sites from last year. The summer meal sites vary from Y Branch locations, community parks, community pools, a fire station, and church. A full list of locations and times can be found at


David Fagerstrom, President/CEO at the Greater Valley YMCA, states, “Hunger doesn’t stop just because the school year ends. At the Y, the kids we serve are considered part of our family. We are in this fight together, and the Y will do whatever can to combat youth hunger and set children up for success.”


As part of a long-time commitment to youth development, the Y nurtures the physical, mental and social-emotional development of youth. The Y is working to ensure all kids have access to nutritious meals and to reach their full potential when school is out for summer.


To learn more about the Y’s Food Programs, join, volunteer or donate, call 610-438-6065 or visit




About the Greater Valley YMCA


The Greater Valley YMCA is a nonprofit organization strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Across the Lehigh Valley, Ys engage individuals – regardless of age, income or background – to nurture the potential of children and teens, improve the nation’s health and well-being, and provide opportunities to give back and support neighbors. The Greater Valley YMCA serves the Lehigh Valley through branches in Allentown, Bethlehem, Catasauqua, Easton/Forks, Nazareth, and Pen Argyl. To learn more, support, or join the Y, visit


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Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. At The Y, no child, family or adult is turned away due to an inability to pay.


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