YMCA of Greenville has a brand new software to increase its cellular mission of offering meals and companies to the neighborhood.
On Friday, the group unveiled the automobile that can be used to boost its “Y on the Fly” program. The brand new Dodge Ram ProMaster cargo van that can allow YMCA employees and volunteers to supply meals and companies to extra youngsters, households and seniors.
Y on the Fly’ is a Y with out partitions, giving employees and volunteers a approach to attain out to the neighborhood in some ways,” says Parks McCleod, chairman of the Greenville YMCA Basis Board of Administrators.
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The YMCA of Greenville started efforts to assist alleviate meals insecurity in 2020 when faculties closed as a result of COVID-19 pandemic, stated Diana Watson, director of philanthropy for the group.
Greenville County Faculties and LiveWell Greenville advised the group that youngsters who usually depend on faculties for breakfast and lunch weren’t getting the meals they wanted, Watson stated.
“Greenville County Faculties had been doing a giant distribution, the place they had been distributing (meals) to colleges throughout the county, however there have been households residing in accommodations who had been technically homeless, who had been combating problems with transportation, entry to shops of groceries, that type of factor,” Watson stated.
“We stated, ‘We are able to load up and produce meals to those households,'” Watson stated. “We thought it might be a short-term factor.”
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As a substitute, he stated, it has grow to be steady.
YMCA Greenville now supplies meals to about 200 households every week and packs and packs the meals from two places. This system not solely delivers meals to households at accommodations, but in addition to veterans on the VA Outpatient Heart, residents at Gateway Home and particular person households recognized by means of Greenville County Faculties, Watson stated.
The “Y on the Fly” van can be used to move and ship meals, along with offering different neighborhood companies, corresponding to diet lessons in Nicholtown or yoga lessons in parking tons within the Parker neighborhood, he stated.
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“Y on the Fly” is supported by grants supplied by the YMCA of Greenville Basis, Vacation Sunshine Fund, and Fall for Greenville. The meals program itself is funded by the YMCA’s annual marketing campaign, in addition to donations from YMCA members.
“We’re so grateful to everybody who donated to the Vacation Sunshine Fund, The Greenville Information and WYFF for persevering with that effort as a result of, as you may see, it makes a tangible distinction to our neighbors,” Watson stated.
Susan Beam stated that being one of many volunteers delivering groceries has modified her life.
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“I have been doing this for a couple of yr and I believe the primary time we went to ship, I had no concept that these poor neighborhoods are backed by a number of the extra prosperous areas of Greenville. When you see a stone’s throw away, you I am unable to cease watching it,” he stated.
“I am grateful and grateful that I get to do that,” Beam stated. “It is an incredible present and you’ll see we’re actually making a distinction.
“The truck is validation of this tough work. As a substitute of getting to load our vehicles, we now have a truck. I find it irresistible,” he stated.
Meals delivered by means of “Y on the Fly” is primarily non-perishable and non-perishable gadgets. Examples embody peanut butter, jelly, granola bars, canned items, easy-to-microwave meals, some breads, and fruits.
“A few of our households are transient. Some dwell in motels. They do not have entry to full kitchens,” Watson stated. “We wish to make it possible for what we’re giving out is one thing that they will put together and eat. We actually attempt to consider who we’re serving, what their circumstance is, and what we put within the luggage.”