Included in the photo are Van Wert Early Childhood Center staff, YWCA Director of Youth Enrichment, Betsy Hamman and YWCA President/CEO, Kimberly Laudick. (Photo submitted)
Included in the photo are Van Wert Early Childhood Center staff, YWCA Director of Youth Enrichment, Betsy Hamman and YWCA President/CEO, Kimberly Laudick. (Photo submitted)

VAN WERT — With a rich history of providing for the needs of local youth, the history of The Summer Food Program extends many years and has been an ongoing project within the Van Wert community. The goal of the program is to offer nutrition and wellness for the benefit of our participants.

The YWCA Summer Food Program serves thousands of meals each summer and gives back to families by providing a weekly bag of produce, as well as a weekend meal bag to a large portion of participants. Aside from the nutritional aspect, programming opportunities are available that offer participants memorable summer experiences with their peers. These experiences include field trips, guest speakers and other enjoyable activities throughout the summer.

This summer will mark the 25th year for the Summer Food Program at the YWCA of Van Wert County. The Summer Food Program is an extension of the school lunch program which offers free and nutritious meals for children between the ages of 4 and 18. Free daily activities are offered for children ages 4-12. The 2020 program will begin June 1 and run for nine weeks. More information and registration will be available in the spring.

The YWCA is a United Way and Van Wert County Foundation funded agency.