Sparta-White County YMCA is providing meals to fight food deprivation.
Estimates are that one child in four in the United States is undernourished, and Tennessee is one of the 10 most food-deprived states. Approximately 80 percent of White County students qualify for the free and reduced lunch program.
YMCA CEO Kyle Goff said, “The youth in our community cannot reach their potential if they are not properly nourished.”
Through a Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) grant, the Y is offering free meals to anyone 18 and under, four days a week. Because of the nature of the grant, the meals must be eaten onsite. Fortunately, The River-Sparta, 264 Judah Drive, made space available and offered additional volunteers to assist with the program. The church also provides activities for the participants. Several church volunteers said they appreciated the opportunity to serve and give back to the community.
The meals are available 4-6 p.m., Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday. No registration is required, but transportation can be requested by filling out a form on the YMCA website. The Y also seeks volunteers to pack meals 9-10 a.m. each service day. You can learn more about the program or volunteer online or speak with YMCA personnel.
Visit the Sparta/White County YMCA in person, on Facebook, or at https://spartawhitecountyymca.org.
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