SOMERVILLE, NJ - The Somerville YMCA, a branch of Greater Somerset County YMCA, is providing free Grab & Go meals to Somerville Public School District children who receive free and reduced lunch to ensure kids have uninterrupted access to healthy and nutritious foods.

According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), one in seven children in the U.S. is fighting hunger. Because of Spring Recess, these kids are even more at risk of food insecurity.

Upon learning of this need, Bridgewater and Somerville YMCA Executive Director, Kate Russo activated the Y’s member-led Togetherhood® volunteers. Within five hours, a plan was in place to serve 200 daily Grab & Go breakfast and lunch bags during Spring Recess, including on Easter Sunday.

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“The willingness of our community to support those who truly need help is inspiring,” said Russo. “Somerville YMCA is happy to open its doors to help keep children healthy and well-nourished, thanks to the partnership of volunteers, generous donors, Bagel Garden of Branchburg and Wegman’s of Bridgewater.”

Each day from now through  April 13th, the Y will give away 200 free breakfast and lunch bags for kids who receive free and reduced lunch. Pickup is located at Somerville YMCA, located at 2 Green St. from 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

“During times of uncertainty, families can count on the Y to provide essential services for the community,” says Greater Somerset County YMCA President and CEO, David M. Carcieri. “Greater Somerset County YMCA is committed to ensuring kids in our communities have ongoing, uninterrupted access to nutrition, especially while schools are closed.”

All volunteer efforts on behalf of the Y adhere to the social distance guidance recommended by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Those interested in helping the Y support the community should email Kate Russo at 908-722-4567 x613 or krusso@gscymca.org.