Wayne YMCA Helping to Relieve Food Insecurity

By: Mollie Shauger | Wednesday, May 6, 2020 | Social Responsibility

Wayne YMCA staff and volunteers distribute boxes of food at their branch on April 29.

WAYNE, NJ - The Wayne YMCA is joining forces with at least five local organizations to help relieve hunger in the community. The Y recently distributed 50 boxed meal kits containing produce, meat, and other staple foods to families in Wayne, in collaboration with the Wayne Interfaith Network Food Pantry, Wayne Township Health Department, Meadowlands Area YMCA and Table to Table. 

YMCA staff and volunteers helped to load the boxes into recipients' vehicles at the Y on April 29, and some boxes were delivered directly to homes. The Y worked with its local partners and school district to identify those most in need.

Amid school closures and economic uncertainty, more families and individuals have been relying on local resources for meals. Feeding America estimates that 17.1 million more people will experience food insecurity during this health and economic crisis, in addition to the 40 million Americans struggling with hunger each day.

“At the Y, we continue our mission of social responsibility during this crisis through partnerships with local organizations to address urgent needs in the community, including food insecurity,” said Laura Tiedge, Executive Director of the Wayne YMCA. “We’re happy to provide some relief to people who are worrying how they will feed and nourish their families day to day.”

The Wayne Y is also working with the Community FoodBank of New Jersey to be a local site for food distribution in the near future. Food would be delivered to the branch, packaged, and distributed to approximately 200 households. Other Y branches within the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges are also coordinating similar efforts in their communities. 

Anyone interested in volunteering with the Wayne’s food distribution can contact the branch at 973-595-0100. Those in need of food assistance can find their local CFBNJ partner agency at cfbnj.org/findfood

"We are grateful for the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges and all of our partners across the state, who make our work possible and whose efforts in the fight against hunger are more critical during this crisis than ever before,” said Carlos Rodriguez, President and CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “Together, we form a network of vital support for our neighbors in need, whether they were struggling prior to the pandemic or are finding themselves in need for the first time in their lives.” 

The Wayne YMCA is also providing contactless access to fresh food through its Winter Farmers Market. Residents can pre-order food online through the vendors and pick it up on Saturday mornings in May from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. Vendors each week include: 

Visit the Wayne Farmer’s Market on Facebook for updates. Email waynefarmersmarket@metroymcas.org for more information.


0 comments on "Wayne YMCA Helping to Relieve Food Insecurity During Pandemic"

Leave a Comment

Related Blog Posts

Social Responsibility

Greater Bergen County YMCA distributes over 100K pounds of food to families

By: Mollie Shauger | Sep 29, 2020

Child Care

YMCA Supporting Families with Affordable Child Care During the School Year

By: Mollie Shauger | Sep 28, 2020

Financial Assistance

YMCA Eases Process for Families Requesting Financial Assistance

By: Mollie Shauger | Sep 10, 2020

Youth Development

Metro YMCAs Add Virtual Tutoring to School Age Programs

By: Mollie Shauger | Sep 08, 2020