ABOUT CHERYL’S KITCHEN
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 this year due to camp and childcare closures related to COVID-19.
“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.”
HOW TO PARTICIPATE
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.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Family YMCA will have Blessing Bags, grab-and-go meals and snack bags available at Y locations across the CSRA through June 2021. Current options will be updated on this page of our website.
Summer Food Program
The Family YMCA of Greater Augusta is participating in the Summer Food Service Program. Meals will be provided to all children without charge. 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.
Reserve A Golden Harvest Food Box
Golden Harvest Food Pantry Boxes is the YMCA’s way to continue to help families that have been impacted by the pandemic, as well as other contributing factors. Our Golden Harvest Food Pantry boxes begin June 1st and will be available for pick-up at area YMCA branches between 10am – 7pm each day. Each box will contain shelf-stable groceries. These boxes will be available for families twice a month and we will provide boxes based on family sizes.
There are a series of questions that need to be answered in the registration for the boxes. Individual information in registration will not be shared. However, overall responses will be compiled and submitted as an aggregate number percentage to Golden Harvest.
Can’t make our pick-up days? Call your local Y branch and we will schedule a pick-up that works for you. We have mobile feeding sites available on weekends if your community is in need. Contact us at 706-922-9622.
Blessing Bags Continue Through Summer
The YMCA will continue to provide meals to help families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through the summer. Blessing Bags can be picked up every Tuesday at area YMCA branches or on Saturdays at YMCA Team Headquarters. Each box contains shelf-stable groceries for 7 days of meals (7 breakfasts, 7 lunches and 7 snacks). Bags must be reserved in advance.
Can’t make our pick-up days? Call your local Y branch and we will schedule a pick-up that works for you. If your community is in need, contact us at 706.922.9622 to set-up a mobile program site on weekends.
Weekend Meals & Snack Bags
Snack Bags are available for free at all Family YMCA of Greater Augusta locations (except Riverfront YMCA). Each bag contains 7 days of snacks and activity sheets. Bags are available for pick-up at all CSRA YMCA locations during regular business hours.
While supplies last, we also have Weekend Meal bags available at area branches. Weekend meal bags contain 3 breakfasts and 3 lunches.
You do not need to be a Y member to participate.
VOLUNTEER WITH US
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.