For a Better Us

The YMCA exists to strengthen the foundations of our community through Youth Development, Healthy Living and Social Responsibility. We do this by teaching kids new skills to build self-confidence, character values and leadership. We do it by helping adults and families lead healthy lifestyles. We do it by connecting older adults to an active support network. We do it by providing outlets to give back to those in need by way of volunteering. People engage with the Y on one level, but they soon find a deeper meaning to their activities and a connection to those around them. Ultimately, at its highest form, they feel compelled to volunteer, give back and help others strengthen the entire community. 

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Backpack Blessings

The Backpack Blessings program provides nutritious, non-perishable food items to students each Friday to reduce weekend hunger and help prepare for Monday's learning in the classroom. Supported through a partnership with schools, volunteers, grants and individual donors, Backpack Blessings serves children throughout each school year.

Bingo's Market

In collaboration with Causeway and Enterprise Center, Bingo's Market was launched in November 2019 as a Healthy Corner Store. 

Summer & Year Long Food Programs

Summer Food Program:

The Y believes that children deserve every opportunity possible to learn, grow, and thrive. The meals we serve every summer help more children get the nutrition they need for good health through our summer feeding program. With the funds raised through our Community Support Campaign, the Y is able to continue its dedication to youth development.

Youth Food Programs

The YMCA of Metropolitan Chattanooga is a vital and significant force in building strong, thriving and equitable communities since 1871. The Y believes that children deserve every opportunity possible to learn, grow, and thrive. The meals we serve help more children get the nutrition they need for good health and full potential.