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 28 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 from 11-1pm at the Ferguson Family YMCA in Candler and Hendersonville Family YMCA. A sample menu for weekend meals can be found below. 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.


weekend meals

The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) ensures that all children continue to receive nutritious meals when school is not in session. In 2020, we operated this program in YMCA summer camps at Oakley Elementary, Sand Hill-Venable, Avery’s Creek Elementary, A.C. Reynolds Middle, and Pleasant Gardens Elementary. 47,837 free meals were served during the Summer of 2020 to children enrolled in YMCA Summer Day Camps. We also partner with Asheville City Schools to serve meals at two 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. Since March 2020, we have served 28,038 meals at: Pisgah View Apartments and Crowell Park Apartments.

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:

meal standards

Community Partners

We are fortunate to work with many dedicated and creative community partners to deliver federal meal programs. We are happy to partner with local businesses as vendors for our weekend meal sites at the Ferguson Family YMCA and the Corpening Memorial YMCA. During the academic year our meals are vended by McDowell Local, The Ettison Investment Group, and Sam's Club. During the summer we work with Asheville City Schools, Buncombe County Schools, McDowell Hospital, McDowell Local, Cooking with Comedy, The Ettison Investment Group, 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. USDA is an equal opportunity provider and employer.