$45,000 grant to buy more fruits and veggies for summer camps
Louisville, KY (WDRB) -- The Walmart Foundation awarded the YMCA Of Greater Louisville a $45,000 grant. The Y will add more fruits and vegetables to the snacks and meals provided through the federal Summer Food Program.
One of the camp sites is at Chenoweth Elementary School. Children there are getting a lesson on the importance of physical activity at the YMCA summer camp. The Y says one hour of vigorous activity is required each day.
Shannon Noonan, the Executive Director for YMCA School-Age Child Care Services says, "We've actually made quite a few system changes. We focus a lot on fresh fruits and vegetables and in the summer time, children have access to a lot of in-season fruits and vegetables."
8-year-old Elizabeth Smalley attends the camp. She says, "I play outside. I read books. We play games in the gym. We make art projects."
It's Fun Food Friday and kids are putting together a healthy snack, making it look like a palm tree.
Some kids are getting introduced to fruits and vegetables they may not have had at home.
The Y says it's also educating parents and children on what needs to be in a child's lunch and offers supplements for free, if for example fruit and veggies are not in there. It's all aimed at decreasing childhood obesity rates.
Noonan says, "We do limit our video activity, our screen time. That is one of our biggest system changes. We think it's important that when kids are with us, we keep them active."
With so many activities, the kids at Chenoweth don't seem to miss the video games or sugary snacks.
Nationally, the Y is expecting to serve 4 million healthy meals and snacks to 100,000 children this summer.
Smalley says, "I like eating kiwis here."