Food Insecurity Relief


With more individuals and families facing health and economic hardships and relying on local resources for meals, the Y is stepping up to help. We’re expanding our food distribution initiatives to ensure kids and families have access to healthy meals and snacks. We’re now distributing around 1,000 food boxes a week, providing several days worth of meals, including fresh produce and vegetables and shelf-stable items.We’ve partnered with at least 20 businesses and organizations like the Community FoodBank of NJ, MEND Hunger Relief Network, Table to Table, and Seashore Fruit and Produce Co. to distribute food, and the number of people we serve continues to grow as more community partners step forward to help by delivering boxes of food and other supplies to our branches.

The following branches are now distributing food on a weekly basis: East Orange YMCAGreater Bergen County YMCAFairview Lake YMCA CampsSouth Mountain YMCA, Wayne YMCA, and West Essex YMCA.


"We're seniors and we're nervous about going into town to go food shopping. Thank you for providing an easy pick up for meals for us out here in the country!"

What We’re Doing:

Wayne United

Wayne United is a collaborative effort joining community nonprofits and grassroots groups to assist individuals struggling with food insecurity in our local community. Through our network of groups and volunteers, we are working to acquire, package and distribute meals every week to residents who are in most need of food assistance.

Wayne Farmer’s Market

You can preorder with a lot of our vendors. You can also shop on market day.

South Mountain, East Orange Ys Distribute Food

The Y is partnering with the MEND Hunger Relief Network, Community Foodbank of New Jersey, and NJ State YMCA Alliance to fill and distribute emergency meal kits for families and seniors in East Orange, Maplewood and surrounding communities. The packages contain enough fresh produce and other shelf stable items to serve one person for several days.

Fairview Lake YMCA Camps Holds Blood Drive, Distributes Food

Fairview Lake YMCA Camps collected 28 pints of blood during a blood drive on May 11 in partnership with Vitalant. That amount of blood could save as many as 84 lives.

Wayne YMCA Helping Relieve Food Insecurity

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.

Metro YMCAs Increase Food Access for Thousands of Families During Pandemic

As the health and economic toll of the COVID-19 crisis began to hit our area, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges stepped in to increase food access for people struggling with job loss and other hardships during the pandemic.

Greater Bergen County YMCA

The Greater Bergen Y has distributed approximately 110,000 pounds of food, or about 55 tons, since May. That amount equals nearly 90,000 meals served to the local community.


How You Can Help

For people experiencing food insecurity, stressful times can make locating healthy, consistent food a huge burden. You can help to implement these critical feeding programs so that all people can adhere to public health safety guidelines and remain resilient in this moment and beyond.


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