At the 100 Women Who Care Clay County June 2015 meeting, member, Deborah Ringo, shared that roughly 55% of students in Clay County are on free or reduced lunch through the school corporation. During the summer months, their families’ federal aid does not increase and the schools are not open to provide youth with food, leaving many children without meals this summer.
100 Women Who Care Clay County voted to help solve this community problem by awarding the Clay County YMCA with their second quarter grant of over $8,000. This grant will be used to support the Clay County YMCA’s Food for Families program. Food for Families is designed to help feed hungry youth during the summer months throughout Clay County. In order to accomplish this, the Clay County YMCA has partnered with four local agencies throughout the county to serve as hosts sites for the program, making the food more accessible to the youth in need. The Clay County YMCA will use the funds from 100 Women Who Care Clay County to distribute funding to their partnering agencies, allowing them to serve more meals to Clay County youth.