When a child eats consistent, nutritious meals, they are healthier… They are able to concentrate better in school, build better bonds with their peers, miss less school due to illness, and score higher on standardized tests. The Grand River Area Family YMCA continues to partner with local schools and generous organizations and individuals throughout our community to provide nutritious meals to kids every weekend of the school year. Shaun Hurtgen from the YMCA’s BackPack Buddies offers the children a chance for consistent meals
She says Backpack Buddies program gives those kids the security and energy they need to move forward through the weekend, through the school year, and into a brighter, successful future.
Registering a child in the program requires a call to 646-6677 or you can ask your school office for a BackPack Buddies permission slip.