Dropoff inspires kids to be active

Kaylee Ware, left, and Serenity Moore, 7, use chalk to draw on the sidewalk as they wait for the Food 4 Kids sandwiches to arrive. Since mid-July, staff from the YMCA have gone to the parks where volunteers from the Food 4 Kids program deliver lunches for neighborhood youngsters. While there, the children are encouraged to exercise and get moving, even if just for a little while.

Kaylee Ware, left, and Serenity Moore, 7, use chalk to draw on the sidewalk as they wait for the Food 4 Kids sandwiches to arrive. Since mid-July, staff from the YMCA have gone to the parks where volunteers from the Food 4 Kids program deliver lunches for neighborhood youngsters. While there, the children are encouraged to exercise and get moving, even if just for a little while.

It may be hot, but the lunches are cold, and the exercise is all about fun.

Craig Hall, sports director for the Jefferson City Area YMCA, said the weather has kept attendance down at the Food 4 Kids dropoffs. But each Wednesday, he and three other staffers come to the East Miller Street park and Buena Vista Street Food 4 Kids dropoff with various outdoor toys to inspire the kids to get moving.

“When they come to grab their lunch, we want to get them active, even if just for a minute,” he said.

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