Summer Food Service Programs Offer Free Lunches Daily

Grand Rapids, MI (June 1, 2014) – While summer should be a time of fun, exploration and relaxation, many children are left without the nutrition they need to learn, grow, and thrive.  More than 21 million children lose access to free or reduced-cost meals once the school year ends, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).  To ensure that children in Grand Rapids have access to food year-round, the David D. Hunting YMCA is offering free healthy lunches every day throughout the summer through its summer food program, thanks to a grant funded by the Walmart Foundation.

The Y has partnered with the Walmart Foundation to address child hunger in communities, with a focus on increasing participation in the USDA’s Summer Food Program, which provides free meals to children aged 18 and under without charge while school is out.

For some children in our communities, the end of the school year means end of meals,” said C.J. Paciencia, Food Services Director, David D. Hunting YCMA. “At the Y, we are focused on making sure children stay healthy and well-nourished.  Thanks to the partnership with the Walmart Foundation, our Y will be able to provide lunch to children in the community who need them most.”

Meals will be provided at the following location and times listed below:


June 2 – August 29

Lunch Served Daily, Monday – Friday

Noon-1:30 p.m.


David D. Hunting YMCA

475 Lake Michigan Dr.

Grand Rapids, MI 49504