YMCA SouthCoast just launched a new program on Thursday, January 21. “Free Ready-Made Meals for Kids!” is an initiative that intends to provide meals at no cost to local children under the age of 18.

“In coordination with the Shah Family Foundation and the Y of Greater Boston, the following YMCA Southcoast locations will be offering a new school food program that will supplement the current public school food programs: Fall River YMCA, New Bedford YMCA, and Wareham Gleason Family YMCA,” said Kris Caisse, Graphic Designer at YMCA Southcoast. “This hunger prevention program addressing the food gap and COVID-19 food insecurity is providing no-cost meals to youth ages 18 and under in Fall River, New Bedford, and Wareham Public Schools. These communities have been identified as having a higher risk for households experiencing food insecurity during the health crisis, and prepared meals will be offered for pickup at these YMCA locations only.”

The Y is offering fresh, ready-made meals for your child(ren) to just heat up. Free to all in need. No paperwork or registration is required, but it will be first-come, first-serve. The child does not have to be present for pickup. Come on foot or by car.

See the event schedule below:

  1. Fall River YMCA Parking Lot - Starting Thursday, January 21
    1. Mondays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, or until food runs out. Three days of free breakfast and lunch meals.
    2. Thursdays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, or until food runs out. Four days of free breakfast and lunch meals.
  2. New Bedford YMCA Parking Lot - Starting Wednesday, January 27
    1. Wednesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, or until food runs out. Three days of free breakfast and lunch meals.
    2. Saturdays from 10 am to 12 noon, or until food runs out. Four days of free breakfast and lunch meals.
  3. Gleason Family YMCA Parking Lot in Wareham - Starting Friday, January 29
    1. Tuesdays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, or until food runs out. Three days of free breakfast and lunch meals.
    2. Fridays from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, or until food runs out. Four days of free breakfast and lunch meals.
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