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. 

During 2021, 575,532 healthy meals were prepared and served across 80 sites in Chattanooga, Cleveland and North Georgia. Meals are FREE to all children and teens ages 1-18 years old. 

North GA Community YMCA Summer & Year-round Food Programs 
- Serving Catoosa & Walker Counties
The North Georgia Community YMCA serves healthy meals to area apartment complexes, schools and churches each year. 

J.A. Henry Community YMCA Summer & Year-round Food Programs
- Serving Hamilton & Bradley Counties

Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) & Child and Adult Care Food Program (CACFP)
The goal of this program is to increase the YMCA's ability to meet the nutritional needs of youth in our care. In addition, we work with partner agencies to provide meals and snacks to youth that they serve. This program promotes understanding of the role of nutrition in the physical, mental, and social health of youth and help develop positive food attitudes and eating behaviors. The SFSP operates during summer and CACFP operates during the school year.

Community Partners
We are fortunate to work with many dedicated and creative community partners to deliver the federal meal programs. We are always open to new partnerships from throughout the community to help us increase the number of youth we are able to serve each summer and during the academic year.

Meal Standards
Federal nutrition programs dictate that all meals contain vegetable, fruit, whole grain, meat/meat alternative, and milk components. We are always looking to incorporate a variety of fresh foods. In addition, the YMCA follows the Health Eating and Physical Activity (HEPA) standards, ensuring foods served meet the following criteria:

  • Contain no trans fats
  • Contain no more than 8 grams of added sugar per serving
  • Sugar is not one of the first three ingredients
  • Contain only whole grains
  • No fried or pre-fried foods
  • Beverages are water, 1 percent, or non-fat milk


We need you! Volunteers make our mission a success!
All volunteers are required to complete a background check and training. 

  • North GA YMCA Summer Food & Fun Volunteer Opportunities
    • May 31- Aug. 5, 2022
    • Volunteers needed to prepare meals, deliver & serve, and lead games/activities.
    • Morning to early afternoon shifts (8:00 a.m. -1:30 p.m.)

      For more information on volunteering for the North GA Community YMCA program, email or call 706.935.2226. 
  • J.A. Henry Community YMCA's Food & Fun Program
    Individual volunteers or groups welcome. Shifts are flexible if you are unable to stay the entire time, however we ask that volunteers are able to stay for a minimum of 2 hours. 

    Shifts include:



In accordance with federal civil rights & U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights & policies, the USDA, its Agencies, offices, and employees, and institutions participating in or administering USDA programs are prohibited from discriminating based on race, color, national origin, sex, disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity in any program or activity conducted or funded by USDA. 

Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication for program information (e.g. Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the agency (state or local) where they applied for benefits. Individuals who are deaf, hard of hearing, or have speech disabilities may contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339. Additionally, program information may be made available in languages other than English. 

To file a program complaint of discrimination, complete the USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form (AD-3027) found online at How to File a Complaint and at any USDA office, or write a letter addressed to USDA and provide in the letter all of the information requested in the form. To request a copy of this complaint form, call (866) 632-9992. Submit your completed form or letter to USDA by: 

1. Mail U.S. Department of Agriculture
Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
1400 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20250-9410;

2. Fax (202) 690-7442; or

3. Email