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 2022, 555,532 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
    • 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 law and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) civil rights regulations and policies, this institution is prohibited from discriminating on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex (including gender identity and sexual orientation), disability, age, or reprisal or retaliation for prior civil rights activity.

Program information may be made available in languages other than English. Persons with disabilities who require alternative means of communication to obtain program information (e.g., Braille, large print, audiotape, American Sign Language), should contact the responsible state or local agency that administers the program or USDA’s TARGET Center at (202) 720-2600 (voice and TTY) or contact USDA through the Federal Relay Service at (800) 877-8339.

To file a program discrimination complaint, a Complainant should complete a Form AD-3027, USDA Program Discrimination Complaint Form which can be obtained online at:, from any USDA office, by calling (866) 632-9992, or by writing a letter addressed to USDA. The letter must contain the complainant’s name, address, telephone number, and a written description of the alleged discriminatory action in sufficient detail to inform the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights (ASCR) about the nature and date of an alleged civil rights violation. The completed AD-3027 form or letter must be submitted to USDA by:

  1. mail:
    U.S. Department of Agriculture
    Office of the Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights
    1400 Independence Avenue, SW
    Washington, D.C. 20250-9410; or
  2. fax:
    (833) 256-1665 or (202) 690-7442; or
  3. email:

This institution is an equal opportunity provider.


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