Y on Wheels: Bringing Food and Fun into Communities

y staff and police engage with kids

Fighting Food Insecurity: 2021 Bright Spots  

The J. Smith Young YMCA in Lexington served more than 40,000 meals throughout 2021 as a sponsor for the USDA Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) and the Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP) and brought the Y to housing authority neighborhoods that are not within walking distance of the Y last summer through its Y on Wheels program.

“We contacted the library, the police and fire departments and created a weekly schedule to bring food, a little bit of summer camp, the bookmobile, games, crafts and more,” said CEO Jen Fuller-Allen. “We wanted to help feed folks and also bring the Y to the city and help foster positive relationships.”