To bring about meaningful change, individuals need ongoing encouragement and tools. We’re here day in and day out to provide the resources our communities need to address the most pressing social issues: child welfare, education, and substance abuse. We work to make sure every child, family, and community have what they need to achieve their best.
Food Service Program
When the school year ends, so do free meals for the millions of children who depend on them most. This summer, the Y is partnering with Walmart in an effort to feed more children through the Summer Food Service Program—the program by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to provide free meals to children aged 18 and under while school is out of session. More than 300 Ys nationwide will provide seven million nutritious meals to 70,000 children now through August.
According to the USDA, 19.5 million low-income children receive free or reduced meals during the school year. As part of the YMCA’s summer food program, children aged 18 and under will continue to receive two meals a day–or one meal and a snack—while school is out of session. Not only will this provide thousands of children much-needed meals this summer, but it will also help alleviate the strain on family food budgets.
Healthy bodies create healthy communities, so we care about child nutrition.
Summer Food Service Program: Both Camp Lyndon and the West Barnstable Day Camp offer free lunch to children that qualify through the Department of Education’s Summer Food Service Program. Children receive delicious and nutritious meals each camp day prepared by our food service staff in Camp Lyndon’s kitchen. Campers enjoy meals that range from meatball subs to chicken parmesan sandwiches to chef salad and is always served with a nice cold milk. We pride ourselves in serving our campers high quality and well-balanced meals. This invaluable service helps families provide a healthy meal for their child while at our camps.
The Brewster Treatment Program
This program finds its home at the Stephen L. French Forestry Camp based out of Nickerson State Park. Up to 18 incarcerated clients between the ages of 15-18 years have an opportunity during a 6-8 month residential treatment program to realign themselves with healthy core values and morally sound decision- making skills.
Through a partnership with the Old Colony Y and the MA Division of Youth Services, the YMCA Cape Cod has been contracted to deliver adventure-based programs that complement the treatment efforts of the program. This experiential education curriculum includes ropes course experiences, biking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, rock climbing, & and endless possibilities.
Now in its second year of delivery, the Adventure Training program is thriving. Additionally, the YMCA Cape Cod staff leaders have been working closely with Old Colony Y staff to promote an even stronger program. During April and May both Y’s dedicated several weeks of modular training to enhance and enrich the treatment program. This training curriculum included high and low angle challenge course facilitation, lifeguard courses for both pool and open waterfront, as well as cross-training staff with Dialectic Behavior Treatment. These training modules have been a great step in creating a well balanced, invigorated staff team that once again shows the positive influence the YMCA Cape Cod has on it’s surrounding Cape community.