Wayne YMCA Leads United Effort to Feed Residents in Need of Assistance

By: Mollie Shauger | Thursday, May 21, 2020 | Social Responsibility

Perishable and nonperishable food items boxed together.

WAYNE, NJ - The Wayne YMCA is leading a community-wide effort to assist individuals struggling with food insecurity in our local community.

Under the umbrella of Wayne United, the Y and nine other organizations are working to acquire, package, and distribute meals every week to residents who are in most need of food assistance. The Wayne YMCA serves as the lead agency, and partner organizations include: 

  • Wayne Interfaith Network Food Pantry
  • Wayne Township
  • Wayne Public Schools
  • Wayne Education Association
  • Wayne Council of PTOs
  • Wayne Helping Hands
  • Wayne Volunteers
  • Feed it Forward
  • Community Foodbank of NJ 

The current food assistance needs in Wayne are greater than any one organization can provide. For this reason, these organizations and food pantries have united efforts to serve Wayne residents during this pandemic and beyond. Many families, senior citizens and single residents are impacted, some for the first time, by the physical, mental and financial strains of this crisis.

Amid school closures, economic uncertainty, and record-breaking unemployment, 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.

In Passaic County alone, the need for food assistance is up 68 percent during this crisis, and nearly 7,000 people in Wayne find themselves unemployed. 

“The YMCA, along with our community partners, recognize that people from all backgrounds have been impacted by COVID-19 in some way. This initiative is one more way we can build a community-wide response to the growing food insecurity crisis experienced by our neighbors during the pandemic,” said Laura Tiedge, Wayne YMCA Executive Director. 

With a fundraising goal of at least $25,000, Wayne United is asking for donations to be able to purchase needed food, supplies and equipment, and provide food vouchers for individuals and families in need of help.  

To learn how you can help, visit metroymcas.org or contact Laura Tiedge at  ltiedge@metroymcas.org.


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