YMCA of Greater Erie

Meals for Kids Program

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Kids fill-up on the good stuff while school is out because of the Y’s free Meals for Kids Program. 1 in 5 kids in Erie County live with food insecurity. We serve nutritious meals for kids ages 2-18.  No application, income verification or registration is required. Click here to see our impact.

After School Meals

A busy after school schedule can make it tough for kids to eat a healthy evening meal. Free meals are served on Tuesdays and Thursdays during the school year at the Eastside Family Y from 4:30-6 p.m.

Volunteers needed: Please contact Kyle Hendricks at [email protected]

Summer Meals Program

After kids eat, Y staff offer activities including playground games, board games, arts/crafts and more.

The Y’s popular Food + Fun Bus delivers meals to certain locations noted below. 

The Summer Meals program sponsored by the Walmart Foundation, Kern Family Foundation, MJ Surgala Trust, the City of Erie, Erie Housing Authority, VIBE 104.3 and Classy 100.

Summer Meals for Kids locations and serve times are for 2018, with service from June 13-Aug. 17 are:

Friendship Baptist Church, 1719 Cascade Street, 5-6 p.m.
Girard Borough Park, 34 Main Street W., 4-5 p.m. (Food + Fun Bus) 
Lake City Dwellings, 215 East 16th Street, 11:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m.
MLK Center, 4th & Chestnut, 5-6 p.m.
Parade Street Commons, 314 East 20th Street, 2-3 p.m.  (Food + Fun Bus)
Pfeiffer Burleigh School, 235 E. 11th Street, 12:15-1:15 p.m. (Food + Fun Bus)
Union City Elementary School, 91 Miles St., Union City, 12-1 p.m. – begins July 10

Check out other free programs you might be interested in:

City of Erie Parks & Recreation Program

City of Erie Learn to Swim Program (Brian Lee Crosby Memorial)




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Meals for Kids, Parks & Recreation & Learn to Swim Program

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The following programs are offered to City of Erie residents free of charge as part of the City of Erie’s Summer Parks & Recreation Program.  Additional funding is provided by the Housing Authority of the City of Erie and Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield.

For additional free Meals for Kids locations, click here.

Parks & Recreation Program

Kids Bubbles GroupIn partnership with the City of Erie, the YMCA of Greater Erie offers free recreational programming at City of Erie neighborhood parks throughout the summer. Kids spend their days taking part in a wide variety of summer play and learning activities while building a healthy spirit, mind and body. Each day, Y staff leads hands-on-activities such a group games, board games, group sports, group fitness and art and music. A hula hoop instructor will be visiting each park once a week to teach a “hoop” class. Before they know it, the day is done and they’ve made a new friend. Free summer lunch is served daily. Ages 6-18. For more information, call Jen Sikora at 240-9928.

Download the City of Erie’s Parks & Recreation Guide here.

Program Hours: Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.  June 13-August 10

Summer Lunch Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:30a.m.-12p.m.

Locations: Bayview Park, Burton Park, Columbus Park, Frontier Park, Gridley Park, McKinley Park, Nate Levy Park, and Pulaski Park

Port-a-Pool Program 

Youth 6-18 years old splash away the summer days at these neighborhood recreational swimming locations.  Bathing suits required; no cut-offs.  A certified lifeguard is on duty. For more information, call Jeanne Moss at 452-3261 ext. 274.

Program Hours: Monday-Friday, 12-4 p.m. July 5- August 10

Locations: Bayview & Columbus Parks

Rodger Young Pool Open Swim & Recreation Program

Summer Camp Group Boys PoolA summer of fun is in store for youth at the Rodger Young Pool Open Swim & Recreation Program. Kids 6-18 enjoy bouncing from recreational swimming to lawn games, board games and group sports – then back to the pool to cool off!  Youth must be registered by a parent or legal guardian before participating in activities.  Proof of age is required for 6 year olds and may be requested for others.  Bathing suits required.  Free summer lunch is served daily.  For more information, contact Jeanne Moss at 452-3261 ext. 274. Information on swim lessons will be provided at the June 12th registration event.

Registration Meet & Greet Event: June 12, 3-7 p.m.

Pool Program Hours: Opens June 13, Monday-Saturday, 12-5 p.m.

Recreation Program Hours: Monday-Friday, 11-4 p.m., June 13-August 17

Summer Lunch Hours: Monday-Friday, 11:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Parent must remain present for children 2-5 years.

Brian Lee Crosby Memorial Learn to Swim Program

Swim Instructor RoundedYMCA swimming lessons give kids summer fun – with a splash of confidence! No matter what the child’s skill level, certified YMCA swimming instructors will help develop your child’s swimming ability and boost their spirit.  Swim lessons are free to all youth ages 6 months-17 years of age living in the City of Erie.  Parents or guardians are responsible for registration, attendance and transportation needs. Bathing suits required. Lifeguard on duty. Swim lessons meet 3 times per week on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for 2 weeks for a total of 6, 40-minute classes per session at Erie High, Strong Vincent and East Middle School Swimming Pools.  Class sessions held between 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

At the conclusion of the session, a progress report will be given to each child with a recommended level for the next session.

Open Swim

Open swim is Tuesdays and Thursdays from 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m. for anyone interested in swimming lessons. Families of those registered are welcome to participate in open swim as well.  A parent or guardian must accompany children 5 and under in the water and remain within easing reaching distance of the child at all times.  Children 6-12 years must have a parent or guardian on deck.  All swimmers will be tested for swimming ability.  Bathing suits are required.  Lifeguard on duty.

To register, call the Downtown Y, 452-3261 for the Brian Lee Crosby Memorial Learn to Swim Program. Advance registration is encouraged to ensure your child’s participation. 

Registration Dates:

Session 1: Registration opens May 30
June 11-June 22

Session 2: Registration opens June 18
June 25-July 6 (no class July 4)

Session 3: Registration opens July 2
July 9-July 20

Session 4: Registration opens July 16
July 23-August 3

Meals for Kids

Kids fill-up on the good stuff while school is out because of the Y’s free Meals for Kids Program offered when school is out.  We serve nutritious meals for kids ages 2-18.  No application, income verification or registration is required.  After kids eat, Y staff offer activities including playground games, board games, arts/crafts and more.  Click here for 2018 locations.

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YMCA Kids Club

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Kids involved in the YMCA Kids Club in the John Horan Garden Apartments or Erie Heights join YMCA staff daily for educational, recreational, cultural and relational activities.  Children learn positive behaviors and character values such as caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.  They explore their unique talents and abilities – helping them realize their potential.  That makes for confident kids today and contributing adults tomorrow.  Activities include organized sports, daily academic tutoring, educational activities, creative expression/art/music/theater, and a wide variety of recreational recreational choices including use of the downtown YMCA pool and gym. The YMCA partners with LECOM, Boy Scouts, Kiwanis Club, Girl Scouts, GECAC, and Penn State Cooperative Extension (4H Club), to provide additional programs for youth.

Program includes field trips, afternoon snack and evening dinner. Program is open daily after school for children 6-18.

The programs operate Monday through Friday, from 3-9 p.m., and from noon to 4 p.m., on Saturday. Summer hours are from June 13 through August 26th, Monday through Friday, 1-9 p.m. and Saturdays from noon – 6p.m.

YMCA Kids Clubs are funded by the Housing Authority of the City of Erie.


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