The YMCA at Virginia Tech connects Virginia Tech students with our local community, builds relationships, promotes health and wellness, and combats serious issues affecting our community. We build strong kids, strong families, and strong communities.

As a 501(c)(3) charitable non-profit organization, some of our programs offer vital services to community members in need which is why it’s important for us to continue operating, especially in critical times like these.

Monday April 6th, 2020, the YMCA introduced “Meals on Main” in direct response to the COVID-19 crisis. The YMCA at Virginia Tech, in conjunction with Feeding Southwest Virginia and the USDA, will provide food seven days a week to ALL youth in the New River Valley. The meals and snacks will be shelf-stable, ready to eat items based upon the USDA’s nutrition guidelines.

PROGRAM UPDATES

Monday, April 6: 212 meals with 212 snacks distributed to 53 children
Friday, April 10: 258 meals with 258 snacks distributed to 86 children
Monday, April 13: 392 meals with 392 snacks distributed to 98 children
Friday, April 17: 522 meals with 522 snacks distributed to 174 children
Monday, April 20: 824 meals with 824 snacks distributed to 206 children
Friday, April 24: 666 meals with 666 snacks distributed to 222 children
Monday, April 27: 896 meals with 896 snacks distributed to 224 children
Friday, May 1: 591 meals with 591 snacks distributed to 197 children
Monday, May 4: 752 meals with 752 snacks distributed to 188 children
Friday, May 8: 219 meals,with 219 snacks and produce (apples, plums, carrots, potatoes, bananas & tomatoes distributed to 219 children
Monday, May 11: 880 meals with 880 snacks distributed to 220 children
Friday, May 15: 597 snacks and produce (corn, blueberries and pears) distributed to 199 children

The Meals on Main program is an extension of an ongoing service which the YMCA at Virginia Tech has been offering for the past few years. We have been active partners in the Prices Fork after school feeding initiative for 4 years. Nearly 3 years ago we created our Mobile/Pop-Up Feeding Program bringing food to children under 18 in a variety of under served areas within this community throughout the summer months.

Examples of meals provided

To participate in the program:

#1

Stop by the YMCA Thrift Shop,
1000 N. Main St,
Blacksburg
Mondays & Fridays,
3pm – 6pm

#2

Ensure all youth receiving food
are present.

Youth must remain in vehicle

 

#3

Drive to the Grab-and-Go tables
located on left side of Thrift Shop
building near the donation dock

#4

Pick up one bag per child

Bag includes meals, snacks, &  milk

Mondays = 4 of each
Fridays = 3 of each

Y volunteers and staff members will supervise the program from a short distance away, reducing the possibility of exposure and increasing the safety of everyone involved.  

Through our Meals on Main initiative, the YMCA at Virginia Tech hopes to help relieve some of the pressure faced by families due to the current pandemic. Please help us spread the word!