Hunger is a tragic side effect of the coronavirus.
According to Feeding America, one in seven adults in North Carolina struggles with hunger. One in five children doesn't know where they will get their next meal. The YMCA of the Triangle is committed to changing those odds.
In fact, the Y has provided more than one million meals since September 2020.
Select YMCA facilities serve as regional food hubs for meal distribution for families in Wake County. Through a partnership with Wake County, the Y will provide one to two weeks' worth of shelf-stable and fresh food through December 2021.
Families can visit any of our locations and receive food at no cost.
Volunteers are needed at each of our hub locations. Children 12 and younger may participate when accompanied by an adult volunteer.
Distribution Locations & Dates
The Poole Family YMCA, 2110 Aversboro Rd., Garner, first and third Tuesdays, 4:30 - 7:30 p.m.
The YMCA at Knightdale Station, 484 Knightdale Station Run, Knightdale, first and third Thursdays, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Big Bus Food Truck
The YMCA is also taking food distribution on the road. For nearly a year, the Wake County Public School System has been delivering meals to children and their families in Wake County.
In February, the YMCA took over school meal deliveries to neighborhoods and hotels across Wake County. This work is in partnership with Wake County Public Schools, Activate Good and Wake County Government.
Delivery and Volunteer Information
YMCA buses will pick up boxes of food from Wake County School cafeterias and deliver to neighborhoods once a week. Deliveries consist of weekly meal "bundles" that have meals for a child for an entire week.
- We need volunteers to help load meal boxes from the cafeteria onto YMCA buses, ride the bus to delivery sites, distribute boxes at each site and return materials and leftover food to the school cafeteria.
- There are six routes per day Tuesdays - Thursdays and one route on Fridays.
- Each shift is approximately four hours and starts around 10 a.m. and ends around 2 p.m. (Please note: shift times may vary. )
- Volunteers sign up to help at a specific school and will meet at that school to load the YMCA bus.
- To find specific locations and times to volunteer, click the link below.
Impact of the Regional Food Hubs
The YMCA of the Triangle provided more than one million meals to families in Garner, Knightdale and Southeast Raleigh through the Regional Food Hubs. Meals have included shelf-stable items, produce, ground beef, chicken, frozen casseroles, turkeys for Thanksgiving and hams for Christmas. Food has been distributed at our YMCAs and has been delivered to families who do not have transportation. YMCA volunteers have contributed more than hundreds of volunteer hours to help make this happen.
Delivering Good: YMCA Mobile Services
In March 2020, when the pandemic initially forced the suspension of normal YMCA operations, YMCA staff began collaborations with local agencies to help with food distribution in a variety of ways. That’s why the YMCA launched Delivering Good – YMCA Mobile Services to ensure that food and critical supplies were accessible to all populations regardless of their health or their ability to pay. Learn more.