The YMCA Brown Bag Bus Is Keeping Children Fed

News | Mary Anne Swanstrom | May 3, 2020


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Heart of the Valley YMCA is continuing its mission and commitment to communities in North Alabama by providing a nutritious grab and go lunch and snack to students attending designated Title 1 schools in Madison, Marshall and Morgan counties.
“With school closures, thousands of children on the free and reduced lunch program are in need of a nutritious meal for the day,” said Jerry Courtney, YMCA President/CEO. “We expect to serve more than 1,700 meals and snacks weekly.”
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, 16.7 million children participate in the National School Lunch Program. During the summer, only 2.3 million of those children continue to receive meals through the USDA Summer Feeding Program.
The Brown Bag Bus feeding program is intended to bridge the gap by making sure no child goes hungry. Demand is high, and more than 3,400 meals and snacks
were provided in the first two weeks of the program.
The Brown Bag Bus feeding program will continue through the end of July. Heart of the Valley YMCA depends on partners to make the feeding program possible. Partners providing support include the YMCA of Greater Montgomery, the USDA, United Way of Madison County, the Community Foundation of Greater Huntsville, The C.A.R.E. Center, Friends of New Market, Madison County Schools, the Neighborhood Christian Center and Westminster Presbyterian Church in Decatur, and Marshall County Schools.
For information about the Brown Bag Bus feeding program, contact Huy Lu, Executive Director, YMCA Camp Cha-La-Kee, at 256.428.9622 ext. 3013 or


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