YMCA Branches Reopen as Community Food Stations
TOLEDO, Ohio – March 19, 2020 – Three YMCA of Toledo branches, after closing due to the COVID-19 virus, will reopen on Friday, March 20, to serve the community as grab-and-go food stations. Specifically, the branches will provide free meals for youth 18 and under.
Parents interested in the service should call United Way’s 211 number to reserve their meals. The meals are being provided by A Village on Adams and Manhattan's Catering through the USDA's child nutrition programs. No proof of income is necessary.
Parents can pick up lunch, as well as a breakfast for the following morning, for each of their children 18 years old and younger. Reserving the meals ahead of time will help prevent the YMCA food stations from running short on food.
The meals can be picked up Monday through Friday between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. at the following:
- Eastern Community YMCA – 2960 Pickle Road, Oregon
- Wayman D. Palmer Community YMCA – 2053 N. 14th Street, Toledo
- Wolf Creek YMCA – 2100 S. Holland-Sylvania Road, Maumee
Many of the YMCA’s school-age child care sites – before the impact of the coronavirus and school closings – were providing 2-3 meals per day to the students they served.
“Many of our traditional programs have been suspended to help prevent the spread of COVID-19, but our mission hasn’t changed – building healthy spirit, mind and body for all,” said Brad Toft, president and CEO, YMCA of Greater Toledo. “The children and teens we were serving meals to last week still need nourishment while schools are closed, and their families need help. We’re also developing programs to help people stay fit at home, as well as pandemic child care centers. More information on these will come soon.”
The YMCA has partnered with Manhattans for many years at its Wayman Palmer branch.
About the YMCA of Greater Toledo
The YMCA of Greater Toledo serves people of all ages and all walks of life. With more than 40 sites – used by more than 100,000 individuals – we are committed to nurturing the potential of kids, promoting healthy living, and fostering a sense of social responsibility. The YMCA has served the Greater Toledo community for 155 years. Learn more at www.ymcatoledo.org; learn about the national organization at www.ymca.net.