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.
Farm-Fresh Food for Families
Family YMCA of Greater Augusta will be giving away boxes of fresh food to families in need at area YMCA locations beginning Saturday, May 8 through next week.
In partnership with the USDA’s Farmers to Families program, the Y will provide free boxes with 30 pounds of fresh food to families in need. Each box will contain a gallon of milk, 10 pounds of produce, 5 pounds of protein, cheese and a cultured item (e.g. yogurt). YMCA membership is not required to pick-up a box.
150 fresh food boxes will be available at each of the following times and locations while supplies last:
Saturday, May 8
- 10am-2pm at YMCA Team Headquarters
- 11am-3pm at Augusta South Family YMCA
- 12pm-3pm at Steiner Branch Family YMCA
Monday, May 10
- 7:30am-12pm at Wilson Family YMCA
- 8am-12pm at Thomson Family YMCA
- 9:30am-4:30pm at YMCA Team Headquarters
- 3pm-7pm at North Jefferson Family YMCA
- 3pm-7pm at Burke County Family YMCA
Blessing Bags Continue Through June 2021
The YMCA will continue to provide meals to help families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic through June 2021. 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.