The Corona-Norco Family YMCA provides free, healthy meals to children who may not have access to healthy food 12-months out of the year. In partnership with the USDA’s Child and Adult Food Program serving youth under 18 years of age, Hunger Is; Chipotle; Panera; Veg Fresh; Smart & Final, Stater Bros, and Albertsons our community makes ends meet during this time of crisis.
The Y partners with the Hemborg Ford, Veg Fresh, Pizza Hut, Newport Farms, Stater Bros, Smart & Final, to provide nutritious meals year long
Serving meals at our centers and collaborating agencies means that we can bring free, healthy food to a variety of places most easily accessible to the community.
Our Y has designated areas where children are learning to plant and grow their own vegetables. Children develop a sense of responsibility and pride in themselves, which can ultimately improve self-esteem. One of the best ways to encourage enthusiasm for gardening is appealing to a child’s senses by adding plants not only for the eyes, but also for those they can taste, smell and touch.
A parent from one of our centers shared, “The YMCA allows me to have peace of mind. I drop off my children and know they will be receiving a healthy breakfast, lunch, and snack. Without this program, I am not sure where we would be. The program gives me hope and the help I need to have a better life for my family. My children can learn and nourish their bodies.”
The Corona-Norco Family YMCA partners with Meals on Wheels Riversdie to ensure senior, disabled, and housebound neighbors are not alone. With fresh, nutritious meals, a friendly visit and safety check, our seniors may live independently in their own homes, where they want to be. The Y delivers hot and/or cold meals each week to housebound seniors and individuals with temporary or permanent disabilities, residing in the Greater Riverside County. Menus are formulated for senior nutrition, and the general diet is reduced salt, fat, and sugar. Menu options are offered for those with dietary restrictions, including diabetic and vegetarian meals. Daily contact with one of our volunteers is an added safety or security check and can often be the only contact our seniors receive for the day.