On March 30, the Malden YMCA Grocery Program reached a milestone of distributing over 100,000 pounds of free food and household items since the start of its program in February 2018. The milestone was reached during the Y’s first ever Grocery Market in Medford. This event was open to the public and held at the Columbus Elementary School courtyard.
The event was made possible by the Tufts University Community Outreach Project which provided 11 student volunteers, as well as by the generous staff of the Columbus School, Malden YMCA, Willis Avenue Community Center and other community volunteers. Mayor Stephanie Muccini Burke was in attendance and helped distribute groceries for the duration of the event.
The market distributed over 5,000 pounds of groceries such as diapers, laundry detergent, trash bags, shampoo, watermelons, pineapples, honey dew, frozen fish and chicken, potatoes, carrots and cabbage. The event served nearly 100 families, including 118 children, 139 adults, 27 seniors and distributed 193 bags.
“The Malden YMCA strongly believes that no child should be hungry or feel shame because of what they have, or don’t have, to eat,” said CEO Debbie Amaral.
For over 20 years, the Malden YMCA has made a commitment that no child will feel the insecurity of not knowing where their next meal is coming from. Throughout the year, the Y serves over 74,000 free meals and 41,000 healthy snacks to over 2,000 youth and teens at 29 summer sites and seven year-round sites in Malden, Everett and Medford. Additionally, the grocery program is reaching hundreds of families in need in the community through food pantries, weekend grocery programs and “Pop-Up Market” events such as the Columbus School event.
Some additional statistics on the Malden Y’s Grocery Program are:
• 104, 678 lbs. of food distributed since last February.
• 5,510 bags of groceries distributed.
• 1,315 different families.
• 5,445 individuals of which 2,666 were children.