Building a Healthier Community


Our Community programs provide innovative, evidence-based solutions that improve the health of our community, with special emphasis on families living in under-resourced neighborhoods.

Our programs eliminate the barriers to good health that often plaque families by improving access to fresh produce, providing opportunities for physical activity, addressing chronic disease through medical wellness, and delivering nutrition education to those who need it most.

Nutrition Education

YMCA Nutrition education programs serve more than 8,000 children each year in 60+ schools and also make shopping more affordable, and healthy food easier for struggling families - all with the goal of creating a culture of health in our community.

Cooking Matters


Empowering families to build health in the kitchen.

Garden Education


Growing veggies, growing health.

Michigan Harvest of the month


Fresh food at local corner stores - food demos promote delicious, healthy recipes.

Nutrition in Action


Fruits and veggies in the classroom - a healthful education.

Food Access

The YMCA Healthy Corner Store initiative and Veggie Van mobile farmers market help make the healthy choice the easy choice in neighborhoods where access to affordable, fresh fruits and vegetables are otherwise hard to find.  

Healthy Corner Stores


Making the healthy choice the easy choice in urban neighborhoods.

YMCA Veggie Vans


Grand Rapids' only year-round mobile farmers market brings local, fresh food to city residents.

Physical Activity

Programs like Healthy U inspire children to be more active by focusing on increasing daily levels of moderate to vigorous physical activity through fun games in a play-like environment.

Healthy U


Building healthy kids through active play.

Community Group Fitness


Free Community Group Fitness classes bring wellness options for all.

Enrichment Programs

Low income children suffer from an achievement gap that often results in limited future opportunities. YMCA programs such as Y-Achievers, Believe to Become, and the Loop After School program minimize the achievement gap by reducing summer learning loss, ensuring career readiness, and focusing on character development principles.

Believe 2 Become


Ending summer learning loss and building lifelong skills

Loop After School Learning Centers


Loop students know: academic success does not stop at the end of the school day.

Y Achievers


Career readiness means knowing all the options. Y Achievers understand what it takes to prepare for college and how to build vocational skills that translate to employability.

Medical Wellness Programs




Building strength and reclaiming power after cancer.



Building confidence and hope for individuals who are experiencing early stage Alzheimer’s disease, dementia or other memory impairments.