NEWTON, NJ - Fairview Lake YMCA Camps is helping to feed people in the community who are facing financial hardships during the COVID-19 health crisis.
The Y is coordinating with the Community Foodbank of New Jersey to fill and distribute approximately 200 emergency meal kits for residents in Sussex and Warren counties. The packages contain enough fresh produce and other shelf stable items to serve one person for five days. Food will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis at Fairview Lake Y Camps, 1035 Fairview Lake Rd., Newton on Friday, May 8 between 4-6 p.m.
Residents will be asked to show their ID at pickup. For the safety of all staff and volunteers, drivers and passengers must stay in the car at all times, and wear a cloth face covering or mask. There should also be room in the back or the trunk of the vehicle for the box of food.
Residents do not have transportation or are homebound should contact the Fairview Lake YMCA office at 973-383-9282.
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 Marc Koch, executive director of Fairview Lake YMCA Camps. “We’re happy to provide some relief to people who are worrying how they will feed and nourish their families day to day.”
"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.”
Those in need of food assistance can find their local CFBNJ partner agency at cfbnj.org/findfood.
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.