ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

Fargo YMCA serves summer meals to any family wanting lunch

How the YMCA's free lunch program is helping local families dealing with a summer of sticker shock everywhere else.

KevThumb2.jpg
We are part of The Trust Project.

FARGO — When you have a houseful of kids to feed during summer vacation, the cost adds up. Fargo's YMCA is meeting a critical need now that school is out.

The summer meal program at 10-locations in Fargo and West Fargo, is a budget saver for families of all incomes. At Jefferson elementary in south Fargo the food is a hit with the kids. Mac & Cheese, green peas and fresh watermelon.

It's just one location where students, used to a noon meal at school, are still getting one, even though it is summer vacation.

"It is free and open to the community so anyone can stop in and eat and leave," says Katie Anderson, YMCA Summer Meal Program Director.

Kayla Hodges was out biking with her children and neighbor kids when they decided to stop at the downtown Fargo YMCA for lunch.

ADVERTISEMENT

"Knowing we are saving money on me feeding them lunch, helps my brain wrap around the increase in gas prices," Kayla Hodges, a Fargo mom, who brought her children and neighbor kids to the YMCA, said.

Last summer, they served 115,000 meals, and they are on track to serve just as money and this summer. The YMCA is noticing families across the board are coming in for meals.

"It helps me a lot, I don't have to worry about how much money will I spend for this meal, this is a free meal and it is good quality food," Mariah Stubblefield, who brought her sisters here, said.

More stories by Kevin Wallevand

"It tells us there is a need and a lot of people don't realize there is a need out there. And it is not just impoverished families but everybody. Mothers watching other kids or have multiple children in the house they normally don't have," Anderson said.

The USDA funds the summer program; no financial need is required.
Details on when you can grab a meal are on the YMCA's website here: https://www.ymcacassclay.org/foodprograms

Kevin Wallevand has been a Reporter at WDAY-TV since 1983. He is a native of Vining, Minnesota in Otter Tail County. His series and documentary work have brought him to Africa, Vietnam, Haiti, Kosovo, South America, Mongolia, Juarez,Mexico and the Middle East. He is an multiple Emmy and national Edward R. Murrow award recipient.

Contact Email: kwallevand@wday.com
Phone Number: (701) 241-5317
What to read next
Sebastian Michael Tackling, 43, was being held at the Cass County Jail on Sunday evening, jail staff said.
The Cass County Sheriff's office reported that across the country, "a large number of incarcerated individuals don’t self report as veteran to law enforcement entities, which means these entities are not able to refer the individuals to services or may not be educated on the services that they rate from their military service."
School district officials are getting close to finalizing a deal to purchase 75 acres of land from Sanford in south Fargo for about $11 million. Once the school district owns the Sanford property, the plan is to trade the 75 acres to A&T Land Co. in exchange for 63 acres of land A&T Land Co. owns. The A&T land is valued at about $17 million.
Damian Lozano-Johnson, 18, a student at Fargo North High School, received a new heart on Oct. 13 at a Chicago hospital, where he developed paralysis afterward.