HACKENSACK, N.J. -- After the Greater Bergen County YMCA learned recently about a local family’s effort to feed those in need, the Y staff began to explore ways to help.  After a matter of phone calls, the Y in Hackensack established a program to assist in collecting and distributing food with the Carroll Family. The Carroll Family has been providing much needed food to Hackensack school  children and their families who do not qualify for government food programs during this public health pandemic.

We are asking anyone who is able to donate. Donations may include non-perishable food items. They especially need rice and canned or dried beans. Items donated Monday through Thursday will be delivered to the Carroll Family on Fridays by the Y.

For the safety of all, this food drive is contact-less. Those who wish to donate can drop off non-perishable items to the Y located at, 360 Main Street, Hackensack (a block before Sears).  Contact-less drop off will occur Monday through Friday from 9 am-4 pm at the Main Street entrance. Please leave items on our front porch and call 201-487-6600 x0 to let us know a donation has been dropped off.

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The Y can only accept food donations, if you would like to help the Carroll Family in another way please contact the Hackensack Chamber of Commerce at 201-489-3700 or email info@hackensackchamber.org.  The Carroll Family distributes the donated food from their front lawn and have volunteers deliver it to those who do not have vehicles. Three weeks ago, they had 20 families; they now are helping 160 families and expect the need to rise to 200 in the next week. Any donations are appreciated.

For more information and to learn more about how the Y is helping the community during this time please visit https://www.metroymcas.org.



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.