Grant helps fund meal programs for local YMCA

The YMCA of Centre County was given a grant that will help fund its meal programs.

The $25,000 award was funded through Wal-Mart’s Y-USA/YMCA grant to help support yearlong anti-hunger initiatives through the Y.

Moshannon Valley branch Director Mel Curtis said one of the YMCA’s main missions is its commitment to fighting hunger.

“Thanks to our work with Wal-Mart, we’ve been able to implement new programs that provide meals for students and increase families’ access to healthy food, like fruits and vegetables,” he said.

The grant will help benefit local Y campaigns like the Backpack Food Program, started about 10 years ago to provide eligible students with food to eat on the weekends.

The program helps benefit students in six school districts in Centre and Clearfield counties.

The YMCA of Centre County was also the recipient of a $50,000 Wal-Mart grant in the spring for its backpack program.

This month, about 20 Pennsylvania nonprofits received more than $1.25 million in funding through grants from Wal-Mart and the Wal-Mart Foundation, specifically geared toward supporting hunger relief, healthy eating and other food programs in the commonwealth, a release from Wal-Mart said.

Britney Milazzo: 814-231-4648, @M11azzo