Cheryl’s Kitchen Food Program


Family YMCA of Greater Augusta is on a mission to ensure no child goes hungry. Cheryl’s Kitchen Food Program combats child hunger by providing free meals and snacks to anyone under 18. The need is even greater as food insecurity rates continue to rise from the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Hunger has a lasting impact on the development of children,” says Danny McConnell, President/CEO of the Family YMCA of Greater Augusta. “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 and snacks all summer long.”

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Meals Provided Through the COVID Pandemic


Acceptance and participation requirements for the program and all activities are the same for all regardless of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability, and there will be no discrimination in the course of the meal service. YMCA membership is not required.

YMCA Food Pantry

Y Food Pantry is the YMCA’s way to serve families, adults and seniors who are in financial crisis or have fallen on hard times by ensuring everyone has access to healthy food. Our Y Food Pantry bags are available for pick-up at area YMCA branches between 10am – 7pm Monday through Friday.  Each bag contains shelf-stable groceries. Families can pick up one bag per four people in the household every other week.

Completion of a household eligibility form is required when you pick-up a Y Food Pantry bag. Individual information will not be shared. However, overall responses will be compiled and submitted as an aggregate number percentage to Golden Harvest Food Bank.

Can’t make our pick-up days? Call the Y at 706 922 9612, and we will schedule a pick-up that works for you. We also have mobile feeding sites available on weekends if your community is in need. Contact us at 706 922 9612.


Volunteering with Cheryl’s Kitchen Food Program is a rewarding experience and an excellent opportunity to help families during the COVID-19 pandemic. Volunteers will help us package Grab and Go meals, snack bags and Blessing Bags for delivery throughout the CSRA and Y branch locations. Volunteers report to our Team Headquarters Office at 1058 Claussen Road, Suite 100, Augusta, GA 30907.

*If your group/organization would like to volunteer, please contact us at 706.922.9622.