The Teen Nutrition Program provides free meals from Home Plate

Taunton — Teens can enjoy free nutritious meals and snacks after school at the Taunton YMCA thanks to the Teen Nutrition Program, said Old Colony YMCA Teen Nutrition Program Coordinator Louann Davis.

“There is space for children to do their homework, socialize and play video games,” she said. “It’s a safe space for them.”

Davis said meals and snacks are served from 3:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the dining room.

“We serve five hot meals a week, Monday through Friday,” she said. “They can have snacks and drinks.”

Davis said there are approximately 45 teens participating each day in the Teen Feeding Program, which began in November for teens ages 13 to 17. The majority are from Taunton, she said, but there are also some from Rainham.


Davis said that YMCA officials began the Teen Feeding Program in November 2022 in response to the recognition that teens need to eat nutritious meals and snacks.

“We didn’t realize how serious it was until we started distributing food,” she added.

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