Workout Wednesday: YMCA launches free lunch program

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BATON ROUGE, LA (BR-PROUD) – The YMCA is teaming up with a local non-profit to help feed kids during the stay-at-home order.

Part of living a healthy lifestyle is food. Your body needs fuel to get through the day, so the YMCA is making sure every child has a meal during the stay-at-home order.

“We requested 200 meals, which were provided for us, and we were out in less than 20 minutes,” said President and CEO of the YMCA Capital Region Christian Engle.

The meals are provided by a local non profit, The 3 O’Clock Project, and the YMCA distributes the meals.

“We are actually in the process right now with The 3 O’Clock Project to increase the number of meals that we have. I think that just demonstrates the impact of what the need is right now in our community,” said Engle.

The meals are Available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at the AC LEWIS location on South Foster Drive from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

“Everyone who came through was just polite, and thankful and appreciative of what we were doing. A few people made comments about it being in this area and that’s been a challenge so they were excited to see it in their backyard as well,” said Engle.

The meals are for kids 18 and under, and at least one child must be present.

Parents will get a breakfast and lunch for each child.

It’s a service Engle says the Y is committed to continuing.

“We’re going to do it for as long as we can, and as long as we have access to the meals. For us providing meals to the children that are in our care, and now we get provide meals in the afternoon to children in the community,” said Engle.

The meal pick up is a drive through system to ensure everyone is safe.

“All of our staff and volunteers are wearing gloves and masks. We’re just keeping everyone in their car to drive through while handing it to them through the window and thanking them and sending them on their way,” said Engle.

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