The YMCA at Virginia Tech received a grant from Y-USA to purchase a food truck, which will become our mobile kitchen. We also became the region’s USDA sponsor in 2021. Both of these developments are helping us to provide youth from low-income families with access to fresh, hot meals.
The YMCA at Virginia Tech continues to develop a strong, viable food system to provide food to community youth who are most in need. Each year, for the past three years, we have seen incremental growth in our program and capabilities. The food program that we have developed over the last three years is a great source of pride because of its obvious and immediate effects on participants. We have operated at several different sites, including school programs and communities in Blacksburg, Christiansburg and Montgomery County.
We have been consistently distributing shelf stable meals 5 days a week to more than 300 children for nearly three years, supplemented by fresh bread donated by local bakers and eggs and occasional produce from the NRV Glean Team. Our goal is to start providing fresh cooked meals following USDA and YUSA healthy food guidelines directly to children in their community.
On Tuesday, June 21 the Montgomery County Chamber of Commerce provided a fabulous Ribbon Cutting event for our Mobile Kitchen. To conclude the ceremonies Merissa Sachs of Logohub announced the winning wrap design for the truck- Design #3! In a few weeks our truck will be wrapped and out in the community bringing free meals to kids in need.
Thank you for voting for your favorite design. If you haven't donated yet to help launch the Mobile Kitchen we'd truly appreciate a donation no matter how small to help us reach our goal of $26,000.