YMCA to host Mobile Market offering free food May 23
THE WOODLANDS, TX – Even though the doors of the YMCAs are closed during these difficult times of COVID-19, its legacy of service continues to meet the needs of the community, demonstrating the YMCA always has been and continues being more than just a gym.
As the YMCA responds to the changing needs of our community as a result of the impact of COVID-19 on families, it is collaborating with organizations across Greater Houston and surrounding communities to address food insecurity. Many across the metro area lack access and resources for food. Distribution sites fill a critical need for so many: children who depend on school-provided meals, elderly people, people with diverse abilities, immigrants and refugees who rely on social services, and our neighbors who have a reduced or limited household income.
The Woodlands Family YMCA will host a mobile market in the Shadowbend YMCA parking lot on Saturday, May 23, starting around 9:00 a.m. Located at 6145 Shadowbend Place in The Woodlands, patrons will drive thru each station, never leaving their vehicles. Boxes of food will be loaded into their cars by volunteers and YMCA Staff. Each family could receive an assortment of fresh produce, dry/canned goods, frozen meat, breads/desserts, and other items based on availability. Distribution of food will be on a first come, first served basis with enough food to serve 300 families. Signage will be available to help with traffic flow. Social distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced.
As a nonprofit organization, the YMCA depends on community support to continue to support those in need. For those who are YMCA members, the organization asks that you continue to support its work through your membership. Collectively, The YMCA of Greater Houston has served over 110,000 individuals through its Produce Distribution Sites. Produce is provided by a partnership with Brighter Bites and the Houston Food Bank.
Together, we are able to fill a critical need for so many: children who depend on school provided meals, elderly people, people with diverse abilities, immigrants and refugees who rely on social services, and our neighbors who have a reduced or limited household income.
The YMCA has partnered with the Houston Food Bank, Montgomery County Food Bank and other partners to provide critical food and supplies to thousands of families at five Opportunity Centers and numerous distribution sites throughout the city. If you are an individual or organization that would like to partner with the YMCA to support these efforts, please email CommunityCare@ymcahouston.org.
For more information on Montgomery County Food Bank, the guidelines they are following to address the spread of COVID-19, and additional food distribution sites, please visit mcfoodbank.org.