Food for Good

Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Thanks to a continued partnership with The Produce Box, campers at six YMCA Camp High Hopes locations will take home summer's bounty to enjoy with their families. 
"We love partnering with The Produce Box to make it easy for our campers and their families to enjoy more fruits and veggies during the summer," said Susan Pettengill, YMCA Vice President of Healthy Living. 
To encourage healthy eating, the Produce Box, which delivers fresh, NC-grown produce to doorsteps across the Triangle, also includes weekly recipes for families to try. By summer’s end, more than 1,200 campers and their families will have received $80,000 worth of nutritious produce.
“Our mission is not just to ‘eat good,’ but also to ‘do good,’” said Courtney Tellefsen, Founder of The Produce Box. “We hope this is just the start of us reaching out to the same families the Y touches to help better the lives of others in need.”


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 serious 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. A huge thank you to The Produce Box for their generosity! 
“Through partnerships like this, we are able to help campers and their families get solid nutrition through fresh foods,” said Susan. “This is what we’re all about at the Y – helping the kids and families we serve grow and live healthier lives.”


For every YMCA Member who signs up with The Produce Box, their enrollment fee helps provide a box of fresh local produce for a Camp High Hopes child. Sign up here. You can also give to our Annual Campaign. You donations truly make a difference in the lives of those in need.


Join The Produce Box and enjoy the convenience of home delivery and delicious, healthy produce year-round!