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 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.”
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.
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.
Summer Food Program
Family YMCA of Greater Augusta is providing meals to children all summer long through the Summer Food Service Program in partnership with Bright From the Start (GA) and the Department of Education (SC).
Through a combination of mobile sites, partner organizations and YMCA locations, the Y strives to fill the hunger gap when school is out of session. Thousands of meals will be provided daily to children across Burke, Columbia, McDuffie and Richmond County in Georgia and Aiken and Barnwell County in South Carolina. Click here to view all locations and meal times. Meals will be provided to all children without charge.
In accordance with Federal civil rights law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA.
Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g.Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language, etc.), should contact the Agency (State or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English.
To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form, (AD-3027) found online at: https://www.usda.gov/oascr and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of the complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by:
- mail: U.S. Department of Agriculture, Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, 1400 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20250-9410.
- fax: (202) 690-7442; or
- email: [email protected]
This institution is an equal opportunity provider.
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.