WS Youth Center garners $13,000 grant to support its meal program

Children at the White Salmon Community Youth Center jump for joy after finding out the organization has received a $13,000 grant from the National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies. The youth center will be able to start offering dinner twice per week and provide children ages 1 to 5 with nutrition packets thanks to the grant.

The White Salmon Community Youth Center will be able to dish up one more meal every week after being granted $13,000 for the Super Sacks and Suppers program.

The National Association of Independent Life Brokerage Agencies (NAILBA) supplied the grant, according to Linda Schneider, executive director of the Washington Gorge Action Program.

The youth center currently provides dinner every Thursday evening, but with the extra $13,000 dinner will be served one more day every week starting in January. Between 15 and 20 children attend the youth center, most of whom are in elementary or middle school, but those up to age 17 can attend, according to Liz Paulson, director of the youth center.

The grant will also provide nutrition packs to children between the ages of 1 and 5.

“We’re hoping to get some fresh produce in and easy-open cans of pudding, things that kids can eat without having to have an adult give it to them,” Schneider said.

This isn’t the first time the youth center has gotten a grant from NAILBA. In 2011 a NAILBA grant provided the center with the Character Counts Program.

The White Salmon Community Youth Center is free to join and survives primarily off of grants and private donations. Anyone interested in having their child attend the youth center can stop by at 453 E. Jewett Blvd.

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