YMCA of Barry County Response to COVID-19
FRESH FOOD FRIDAYS
FREE TO ALL
Pick up a family box weekly
May 29-June 26
The YMCA of Barry County and Blue Zones Activate Barry County have been given the opportunity to bring in a large number of free fresh food boxes through a USDA program entitled Farm to Families Program in collaboration with the distributor Perfect Pact. We will begin this Friday, May 29, 2020 and expect to be receiving deliveries every Friday through the end of June. There is no qualification needed to receive a box. You do not need to have children to receive a box.
WHEN: Fridays, May 29 – June 26, 2020 (see chart for locations and pick up times).
WHO: FREE TO EVERYONE (not just kids)! The boxes are intended for anyone who can use them. No names, addresses, or pre-registration will be necessary to receive food.
WHERE: There are pick up sites around the county including Hastings High School, Middleville United Methodist Church, Nashville Assembly of God, Freeport District Library, Vermontville Bible Church, Dowling Library and more. (see chart for locations and pick up times).
HOW: Cars will line up and drive through the designated areas at each location to receive a box of fresh produce, for free! Please remain in your vehicle.
DETAILS: We are receiving 1,200 boxes of produce each week! The food is being made available to us as part of an arrangement with the USDA, to get food from farmers who would otherwise have crops rot, and instead get the food to people who will use it! Each family box contains 20lb boxes with 7 commodities.
Can I pick up a box for a friend/neighbor? Yes! We encourage you to bless someone you know who can use this food!
Do I have to sign up in advance to receive food? No, you can simply show up on the date of the distribution. Please note this is a first come first serve program.
Y Recreation Programs Suspended
New Business Hours: Monday – Thursday, 9 am – 1 pm
The health of our participants, staff, guests, volunteers and community is our mission. As a community service organization, the YMCA of Barry County will continue to serve our community to the best of our ability so long as we do not put the health and wellness of our staff, volunteers, and the community at risk. At this time, our building is only open to approved staff and volunteers who are working to help feed youth and families in our county. If you would like to make a donation or need to speak with us, please call 269-945-4574.
During this time, we are doing our best to help our friends, families and communities stay healthy. Visit our new Facebook Group “At Home Enrichment” to find ideas for your family. Join Camp Algonquin Director, Hanna, aka Fidget, for virtual camp events during the week. See Facebook for more information.
Meal Support Programs For Kids
In 2021, the families of those first donors, a community of volunteers and donors, and thousands of alumni will celebrate the 75th anniversary. As part of the celebration that will mark the special occasion, Camp Algonquin is preparing a commemorative book that documents the rich history. The book will include personal memories and priceless stories of campers from every decade.
The book will be a keepsake for every camper fortunate enough to count Camp Algonquin as part of their childhood and for members of a community that can take pride in its commitment to children and young adults. There are still opportunities to contribute to the content of the book, especially for alumni of the 1980’s – 2010’s by contacting the YMCA.
YMCA of Barry County
2055 Iroquois Trail
P.O. Box 252
Hastings, MI 49058