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Parents and kids thankful for YMCA Food Program

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By Christian Jennings - bio | email

THOMASVILLE, GA (WALB) - Kids in Thomas county ate chicken sandwiches, fruit, and juice ...for free!

It's all part of the annual YMCA Summer food service program. It started this week and will last through July 24th.

The program is a continuation of the subsidized school lunch program.

32 sites are set up all over the county, and it's open to any child under 18 no matter what your income level.

Parents and kids we spoke with today were grateful for the free meal especially right now when times are tough.

"I'm a working mother, and when I don't feel like doing cooking, I bring them down here," said Patricia Reynolds.

"The chicken sandwich was good and crispy. We think it's great and it's good to have people serving children," said 11-year-old siblings Jamahai and Ahy'ahna Williams.

This is the 12th year the Y has put on the program.

All the food is prepared in the Thomasville high school cafeteria and distributed to the sites Monday through Friday.

Typically they serve breakfast to about 2,000 kids, and lunch to nearly 4,000 over the summer.

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