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 contact-less 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:
ABOUT THE Y
Established in 1885, the Metropolitan YMCA of the Oranges invests in its diverse communities to promote wellness, safety and quality of life for children, adults and seniors. Its seven branches in East Orange, Livingston, Maplewood, Hackensack, Hardyston, Stillwater and Wayne are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living and fostering a sense of social responsibility through an array of programs. Some 35,000 people belong to the Metro Y, which awards more than $2.8 million annually in direct and indirect financial assistance.