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Tri-State Family YMCA combats child hunger this summer 

Y’s Summer Food Program available at 3 sites in Southwest Missouri 

NEOSHO, Mo. – According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, around 22 million kids receive free or reduced-cost meals thanks to the National School Lunch Program. However, once the school year ends, only 17 percent of those same kids are able to access free meals over the summer break, leaving many children without during the summer months. 

The Y is working to fill that gap and will help keep children ages 1-18 healthy and well-nourished this summer, ensuring that kids reach their full potential. Participating youth can receive food at three convenient locations: 

  • Seneca at G&W Grocery Store on Tuesdays from 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. from June 25-Aug 13 
  • Neosho at King Food Saver on Wednesdays from 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. from July 3-Aug 14 
  • Anderson at Harps on Thursdays from 4:30 p.m.-5:30 p.m. from July 11-Aug 15 

“Hunger has a lasting impact on the development of children, and many children rely on school to provide them consistent, nutritious meals,” says Tina Ferguson, Tri-State Family YMCA Executive Director of Youth and Family. “Giving kids access to nutrition-filled meals allows kids to focus, learn and become empowered to reach their full potential. The Y’s Summer Food Program helps make sure kids can enjoy healthy and delicious meals even when school is not in session.” 

Each week, the Y will provide food for 7 days of breakfasts and dinners to 400 children at each pick-up location. Children must be registered for the program each week. Parents and guardians can sign children up at, or visit the Neosho Freeman Family YMCA Facebook or Instagram pages for more information. 

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