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Boys & Girls Clubs and YMCA of Greater Waterville
Contact: Sheila Upton
Over 50% of our childcare families’ incomes are below the poverty line and Eighty percent of our childcare families qualify for the Free & Reduced Lunch programs.
To combat this, we have launched the Greenhouse to Your House program, which provides the AYCC's spin on a meal kit, complete with balanced fresh, and frozen food items and an easy-to-follow recipe. The program not only provides a healthy meal option, but it involves learning to cook, and an introduction to new foods that some may not have tried before.
Watch this Greenhouse to Your House video to learn more about ingredients provided in the boxes.
The first of many meal boxes provided to childcare families using the GH2YH meal program.
Greenhouse to Your House not only provides a free, healthy, and fresh product to our community to help mitigate food insecurity in the short term, but the kit concept helps create cultural change by defining a new narrative around healthy food and cooking at home with the goal of inspiring families to implement healthier practices in the long term.
The program is available to all ASP kids and families regardless of income. The attractive and desirable fresh food kits will be delivered directly into caretakers’ vehicles during curbside pickup. Recipes, picture cards, and instructions are included with each meal kit.
Program begins January 26, 2023
Week 3 - February 10
A portion of the produce provided in the boxes is grown by AYCC Gardens Coordinator, Mike Owens. He and his team of Volunteers not only prepare and care for the AYCC's Sustainable Gardens, but the children in our childcare program learn to plant and tend to the produce as well. The very best of Farm to Table.
Our first family goes home with a box. The first boxes of food lined up and ready for pick-up.