Monday, September 10, 2018
YMCA's Summer Food Program Reaches 100 Million Distributed Meals
As chief financial officer and vice president of administrative services at Iowa's Southeastern Community College, Kevin J. Carr is responsible for all non-academic operations and has overseen financing to construct three new academic halls, among other accomplishments. Beyond his professional pursuits, Kevin J. Carr is a member of the US Bank advisory board in Burlington, Iowa, and serves as president of the board of directors for his local YMCA.
The YMCA launched its Summer Food Program in 2011 to provide healthy snacks and meals to children in need throughout the United States. The program facilitated the distribution of more than five million nutritious snacks and meals in its inaugural year, and has grown significantly since. In 2017, the YMCA served more than 22 million meals at more than 3,900 locations nationwide. On Aug. 21, 2018, the YMCA of USA announced it had recently served its 100 millionth meal at the Laurelwood Housing Authority Site in Indianapolis.
The Summer Food Program is present in schools, parks, and other off-site locations in numerous communities to ensure travel is never a barrier to accessing healthy food. In addition, the YMCA operates mobile food kitchens that not only deliver nutritious snacks and meals across the United States, but also host healthy cooking presentations and youth activities.