Hunger Initiatives

More than 1.6 million people are food insecure in North Carolina. This means they lack reliable access to affordable, nutritious food. Many of our neighbors also live in food deserts, areas where it's difficult to buy affordable or good-quality fresh food. The Y is working hard to bridge this gap and provide access to our community. We began our hunger initiatives at the onset of the pandemic when the schools closed and the Y delivered over 20,000 meals at home to children in Wayne County who could not access the school meal distribution sites for the balance of the school year. The Goldsboro Family YMCA sponsors two federally-funded child nutrition programs: The Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and Summer Food Service Program (SFSP). Through CACFP, we serve nutritious free meals at multiple preschool and afterschool care sites in Wayne County. During the summer months when school meals are not available, we provide nutritious free meals through SFSP at several sites across Wayne and Nash Counties.

Healthy Eating and Physical Activity Standards
Healthy Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) teaches children how to make healthy food choices and enjoy physical activity, contributing to their social and physical development. The HEPA standards build a healthier future for our nation’s children by creating environments rich in opportunities for eating well and moving more.
Our Y has adopted HEPA standards throughout all of our nutrition work to include meals, snacks, and the food we distribute in the community.

2020 Anti-Hunger Programs made possible by: