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San Angelo YMCA to launch program to fight child hunger

The YMCA will launch the backpack program Friday, March 26 at three Headstart locations.
Credit: Marlen Trevino

SAN ANGELO, Texas — The San Angelo YMCA announced it's launching a weekend program Friday, March 26 to fight child hunger in San Angelo.

According to a YMCA press release, through a $25,000 grant awarded by Atmos Energy, the YMCA will provide children food on the weekends.

The program will launch at three Concho Valley Council of Governments Headstart locations.

Linda Mata, YMCA engagement coordinator, will lead the program. The program will provide children ages three to five with a backpack of notorious and easy-to-prepare food to take home on the weekend when other resources are not available.

"It is important that we focus on out-of-school time, when lunches provided by the schools are not available," Mata said. “Children who are hungry cannot concentrate, learn and have low-energy”.

The YMCA looks to give out more than 300 backpacks each Friday through the program. Y staff and volunteers will run the program.

"Volunteers are essential to the Y’s good work," YMCA CEO, Angel Flores, said.  "It is our goal to engage our members and community even more."

YMCA is looking for volunteers to help with the new program, as well as other programs.

For additional information contact Linda Mata at 325-655-9106.