Providing the Community with Food and Supplies
The Y is working to help our neighbors who are experiencing food insecurity during this time.
We’re all facing challenges due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, but we believe that no one should be forced to choose between food and other critical resources like medicine or childcare. That’s why the Y is doing its part in taking a stand against food insecurity. The YMCA of Central Florida has been distributing food and supplies at several of our family center locations. Our organization has distributed almost 11,000 boxes to neighbors in need since our first event in the spring of 2020. In some cases, these boxes contained a mix of nonperishable foods plus fresh produce. In other instances, we gave away boxes filled with shelf-stable food that could feed one individual for up to six weeks
Safety Procedures During Events
The safety and health of our staff, volunteers, and community members is of the utmost importance throughout the distribution. All fruits, vegetables, nonperishable items, and other supplies will be prepared and distributed in a safe, clean, and sanitary manner. The Y will also abide by social distancing protocols, including limiting the number of volunteers on-site and maintaining a distance of six feet between individuals.
To help keep people safe during the distribution, those picking up food will be encouraged to stay within their vehicles at all times. Volunteers and staff will place provisions in trunks or back seats to limit contact and keep everyone as safe as possible.
Upcoming Event Details
Please check our calendar for specific event details like dates, locations, and times!
When I first saw the announcement, I melted into tears. It came at just the right moment to help me make it for 12 more days until my Social Security funds are available to me. Thank you for your goodness and generosity. Blessings to all of your Y staff and volunteers.Helen, South Orlando Resident
We’re packing hundreds of pounds of food to give away to people in our community. The opportunity to really serve people and love people, and let them know we’re here for them is such a big deal. We’re so grateful for the YMCA and the ways that they make our communities better.Collin Outerbridge, Lead Pastor of Nona Church
Become a Volunteer
Do you want to help make an impact in your community?
The Y is always looking for special event volunteers to help us bring life-saving resources to our neighbors in need. If you’d like to donate your time to help with our food distribution initiative, simply fill out our form and we’ll get in touch!
Previous YMCA Food Distributions
With the help of awesome local partners and dedicated volunteers, the Y hosted food distribution at the Blanchard Park YMCA and the South Orlando YMCA. We were able to hand out hundreds of bags of food to neighbors in need as we all face the trying times caused by COVID-19. Special thanks to Sysco Central Florida, PepsiCo, and 4Rivers for making it happen, and to everyone who donated their time to help prepare and distribute the food.
Thanks to the generosity of local partners and 60 volunteers, the Y hosted food distribution at the Dr. P. Phillips YMCA, Oviedo YMCA, and the Wayne Densch YMCA. We passed out hundreds of bags of fresh produce, non-perishable food, and household supplies to neighbors in need. We’re grateful to local community partners and to individuals who donated their time to help prepare and distribute the food. It’s the power of our community coming together, although we’re apart, that makes us proud to be a part of your Y family.
The Y handed out 700 bags of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other household items to neighbors in need at the Frank DeLuca YMCA, Grove Church (Titusville), and the Osceola County YMCA. We want to thank the volunteers, staff, and donors who made these distributions possible. This is the third week the Y has been able to provide essential items to our community members, and we will continue the efforts to aid however possible.
The Y handed out hundreds of bags of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other household items to neighbors in need at the Frank DeLuca YMCA, Roper YMCA, and the Golden Triangle YMCA. We appreciate every volunteer, staff member, and donor who assisted us and made these distributions possible. Thanks to our combined efforts, the Y has been able to continue to provide food and household items to our community members, and we will continue the efforts to aid however possible.
The South Orlando YMCA was excited to host a food drive that included the distribution of more than 1,400 boxes of fresh produce provided by local Florida farmers. These 10-pound boxes contain enough fruit and vegetables to feed a family of up to six people for 3–5 days!