The YMCA of Western North Carolina serves as a sponsoring organization for two federally-funded, state-administered nutrition programs: the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and the Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). By participating in these programs we are able to provide well-balanced, nutritious meals to the youth of Buncombe, McDowell, and Henderson Counties year-round. 

Child and Adult Care Food Program

Through the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP), the YMCA of WNC serves nutritious and free snacks at 27 of our afterschool care sites in Buncombe and McDowell Counties. This program also allows us to provide free lunches to anyone 18 and under on Saturdays at the Ferguson Family YMCA in Candler and the Corpening Memorial YMCA in Marion. To learn more about these programs, to discover where we currently serve meals, or to request meals at your location, please email us or call 828 775 7081.

Summer Food Service Program

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that children in low-income neighborhoods continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. In 2019, we operated this program in YMCA summer camps at Oakley Elementary, Sand Hill-Venable, Koontz Intermediate, WD Williams Elementary, A.C. Reynolds Middle, and Pleasant Gardens Elementary. Children received a healthy and free breakfast and lunch if they were registered for camp. We also partner with Asheville City Schools to serve meals at five open sites during the summer. ACS provides the nutritious meals, and we serve the meals and coordinate enriching and fun activities. Any child or teen 18 years of age or younger can receive a lunch at open sites Monday-Friday during the summer. In 2019, we served 4560 meals at: Hillcrest Apartments, Pisgah View Apartments, Crowell Park Apartments, Herb Watts Park, and Klondyke Homes.

To learn more about this program or to request meals at your location, please email us or call 828 775 7081.

Meal Standards

Federal nutrition programs dictate that all meals contain vegetable, fruit, whole grain, meat/meat alternative, and milk components. In addition, the YMCA of WNC abides by Health Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards, ensuring foods served meet the following criteria:

  • Contain no trans fats
  • Contain no more than 8 grams of added sugar per serving
  • Sugar is not one of the first three ingredients
  • Contain only whole grains
  • No fried or pre-fried foods
  • Beverages are water, 1 percent, or non-fat milk

All our menus are approved by registered dietitians on our staff, and we are always looking to incorporate more freshness and variety.

Here is a sample menu for our afterschool meal program:



Community Partners

We are fortunate to work with many dedicated and creative community partners to deliver federal meal programs. During the academic year our meals are vended by McDowell Hospital and Sam's Club. During the summer we work with Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools, McDowell Hospital, Green Opportunities, Pardee Hospital, and US Foods.

YMCA Youth Services is vital to our meal program work. They staff our meal sites and provide exceptional childcare and opportunities for fun and growth. Learn more about Youth Services or register for a program.


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