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June 18, 2013

YMCA offers summer meals program for kids

To ensure that fewer kids and teens go hungry this summer, the Haverhill YMCA and Salem YMCA are offering free Summer Food Programs funded by a $50,000 grant from the Walmart Foundation.

Combining food and fun, the program will provide nutritious meals and snacks, plus activities to keep kids’ minds and bodies active. The program runs all summer long and is offered as part of the Y’s summer camp program.

The Summer Food Program is part of a national partnership between the YMCA of the USA and the Walmart Foundation to address child hunger in communities.

“In order for kids to maintain good health, they need proper nourishment as well as activities to keep their minds and bodies active,” said Tracy Fuller, executive director of the Haverhill YMCA. “The YMCA’s Summer Food Program will help kids stay well-nourished, active and energized, and also provide some relief to families who need support in providing more food when school is out.”

The Y is committed to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility and is working to ensure that all kids have access to meals, as well as healthy food options, so they can continue to be healthy and thrive when out of school. During the school year, the YMCAs in Salem and Haverhill will also serve healthy meals and snacks in its after school program to provide kids with nourishment and academic enrichment.

Authors Expo is July 31

The next New England Authors Expo will be held on Wednesday, July 31 from 4 to 9 p.m. at the Danversport Yacht Club in Danvers. This event is open to the public and is free to attend.

This Expo is a grassroots event intended to promote local New England authors and illustrators. Many authors, illustrators, publishers, writer’s groups, schools and businesses regularly attend.

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