The Produce Box
The Produce Box delivers affordable, farm-fresh produce boxes to its members' doors. As part of their community outreach, The Produce Box has provided 355 Camp High Hope families with over $40,000 of produce box credits in 2020.
Camp High Hopes is a Summer Day Camp program offered to children in our community who may already be served through one of our high needs programs. Camp High Hopes is a fully subsidized day camp. Participants pay little or no cost for the summer. The program is supported by donations to the YMCA of the Triangle’s Annual Campaign.
Many campers at Camp High Hopes live in low-income areas with extremely low access to fresh, healthy and affordable food. And, according to a federal government study, less than one-third of all U.S. children eat the recommended amount of fruits and vegetables each day. The issue of children not getting sufficient daily nutrition is a serious issue across the country, but magnified in areas where access to healthy options is low or nonexistent.
Camp High Hopes provides two hot meals to campers five days a week, but with The Produce Box’s contributions, campers are able to share fresh food with their families.
“Through partnerships like this, we are able to help campers and their families see the value of solid nutrition and fresh foods,” said Susan Pettengill, VP of Healthy Living at the YMCA. “This is what we’re all about at the Y – helping the kids and families we serve grow and live healthier lives.”
You Can Help
Help support these families by choosing to donate a box of produce through The Produce Box. When members order a box, they may choose this as an option. Your donation would be greatly appreciated!