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:
- Develop Healthy Aging Nutrition
- Expand SFSP sites
- Backpack program
Find us at Wayne County Public Library every Thursday beginning in April 2022 from 11am-12pm!
What is SFSP & CACFP?
The summer of 2020 we became a SFSP sponsor. We started with 4 sites and served 8,720 meals. Summer of 2021 we expanded into Nash County and sponsoring 6 sites and served 15,080 meals. We are looking to expand our SFSP and CACFP sites in and beyond Wayne County.
Help the Hungry
Help the Hungry!
The holidays are a time for families and individuals
to reflect on all that they are grateful for: friends,
family, health, food, and so much more. Most
importantly, it motivates us to GIVE to a good
This year, we are taking charge by helping families
and households with our Help the Hungry food
program. This gives us the opportunity to reach all
across Wayne County with our hunger initiatives.
This year we are challenging individuals, businesses,
organizations, churches, and other community
groups to help us reach our goal of 10,000 pounds
of food this year.
For more information contact Lousie Little,
Community Impact, by email at
From October 1 to December 31, people who want to join the YMCA as a member can get their joining fee waived. All you have to do is donate either $25 grocery store gift card for an individual or a $50 grocery store gift card for a family. Give back and join today!