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The YMCA and COVID-19

The YMCA and COVID-19

Even though the doors of the YMCA are closed during these difficult times of COVID-19, our hearts are open and our legacy of service continues to meet the needs of the community.

What this means

As the YMCA responds to the changing needs of our community as a result of the impact of COVID-19 on our families, we are 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.

Locally, Montgomery County Food Bank distributes food to more than 30,000 individuals a month in Montgomery County. They do this in partnership with more than 60 partner agencies including the YMCA. The Woodlands Family YMCA will host a mobile market in the Shadowbend YMCA parking lot on Saturday, April 25, 10am – Noon. 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 Y Staff.  Each family will receive fresh produce, dry/canned goods, frozen meat and breads/desserts.

Distribution of food will be on a first come, first serve basis with enough food to serve 200 families, starting at 10am. Signage will be available to help with traffic flow. Social distancing guidelines will be strictly enforced.

How You Can Help the YMCA

As a non-profit organization, the YMCA depends on community support to continue to support those in need. For those who are YMCA members, we ask that you continue to support our work through your membership. Collectively, The YMCA of Greater Houston has served over 76,500 individuals through our Produce Distribution Sites. Produce is provided by our partnership with Brighter Bites and 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 5 Opportunity Centers and numerous distribution sites throughout the city. If you are an individual or organization that would like to partner with the Y to support these efforts, please email  [email protected].

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 https://mcfoodbank.org/

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