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
The child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) is a federally funded program administered and funded by the USDA's Food and Nutrition Service. The program ensures that eligible children and adults who attend qualifying facilities receive nutritious meals. As a sponsor within CACFP, the YMCA of WNC serves free snacks at 27 of our afterschool sites in Buncombe and McDowell counties.
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 low-income children continue to get nutritious meals when school is not in session. The YMCA of WNC is a SFSP sponsor and serves our summer day camp sites and several open distribution sites within the community.
Participants at Haw Creek, Sand Hill-Venable, Estes, Koontz, and A.C. Reynolds Middle sites in Buncombe County and Pleasant Gardens and Old Fort sites in McDowell County received breakfast and lunch through SFSP this summer. Participants must be registered for camp to receive meals at these sites.
We partnered with Asheville City Schools to host open meal sites this summer. In addition to serving meals, we also provided fun activities at each site. Any child or teen 18 years of age or younger can receive a lunch at open sites Monday-Friday during the summer. In 2018, we provided meals at:
- Hillcrest Apartments
- Pisgah View Apartments
- Lee Walker Heights Apartments
- Crowell Apartments
The YMCA of WNC recently received two awards from the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction for their success in the 2018 Summer Food Service Program.
Turnip the Beet Award: The Turnip the Beet Award recognizes outstanding Summer Meal Program sponsors across the nation who work hard to offer high quality meals to children that are appetizing, appealing, and nutritious during the summer months. For more information on the award, please visit the USDA website.
Superior Site Award: The Superior Site Award recognizes Summer Meal Program sponsors which operated an open site that went above and beyond to gain and maintain participation. In addition to implementing practices to gain participation, the length of site operation will also impact the points awarded. For more information on the award, please see the award rubric.
To learn more about this program or to request meals at your location, please email us or call 828 775 7081.
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:
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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