The Cherokee Outdoor YMCA is declaring “Freedom from Hunger” next week. Starting Monday, June 30th through July 3rd, the Y summer day camp will hold a food drive to benefit North Georgia Community Action, Inc. This project was created to collect food for the hungry and raise campers’ awareness of the seriousness surrounding the hunger crisis. Camp director Wendy Curry says, “The Freedom from Hunger project encourages our young people to reach out into their community, which promotes the YMCA core values of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.”
Collection sites will be set up all week at the day camp, located at 201 East Bells Ferry Road in Woodstock. Campers will collect canned goods, pasta, rice, powdered milk, baby food, diapers, toiletries, paper products, and more. Campers will also participate in other activities that will raise their awareness for the need for proper nutrition, including making healthy snacks, recognizing healthy portion sizes, and learning the impact of local and global hunger.
Cherokee Y Camps were established in Woodstock, GA in the Spring of 1992 at the Cherokee Outdoor Family YMCA.The facilities receive an average of 1,500 campers each summer, and have had the opportunity to share positive values with a healthy dose of fun to over 27,000 campers.