JaMonica Washington doesn’t want to imagine what her community would look like without vital programs like Kids Cafe. Thankfully, neither do you.
“I want to thank you for your donations and thank you for having the heart to think of others,” said JaMonica, Youth Development Director for Lakewest Family YMCA.
Lakewest Family YMCA partners with the North Texas Food Bank to offer programs like Kids Cafe to the community’s children. The program provides nutritious after-school meals to children, as well as lunch and snacks during summer months.
But JaMonica also personally knows the value of programs like Kids Cafe. When she took in her godchild, added costs left little to cover basic needs like food. Kids Cafe filled the gap for her and her family.
“If we didn’t have programs like Kids Cafe, the number of kids without resources would increase.”
There is only one grocery store in the area near the YMCA, but JaMonica says that even if families can shop there, they can’t easily afford the more expensive healthy foods, like fresh produce. Many children simply don’t have the option to eat well at home.
“There are some kids that don’t eat at all,” she said. As summer approaches, families in the programs like the one at Lakewest Family YMCA are thankful that their children can continue to eat nutritious food, even when school doors are closed. These vital resources wouldn’t be possible without you! Thank you.