The Centre County YMCA’s Anti-hunger Program is finding new ways to put food on the tables for families in need and the need is increasing.
At the Moshannon YMCA in Philipsburg, the headquarters for the Centre County YMCA Anti-hunger Program.
A converted old firetruck — the Hometown Heroes truck – is one of the vehicles used to deliver food to families in need in Centre and Clearfield counties.
A new program is aimed at not only helping those families, but also local farmers.
How bad is the need to keep families fed? Enough to fill what used to be small gyms at the Y with food.
Boxes are packed with fruits and vegetables that organizers can get to families who need them quickly.
The food goes out as quickly as it comes in.
On a recent national conference call among assistance agencies, the program’s director, Mel Curtis said he just finalized setting up 11 distribution sites to serve more than 4,500 families with much of the food coming from area farmers.
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, one in four kids nationwide are now facing hunger issues — that’s double the number prior to the pandemic
Since early spring, the Centre County YMCA’s anti hunger program has now distributed well over 300 tons of food in Centre and Clearfield counties.