Please wear a mask or face covering while collecting your bag of meals 

Information from the Virginia Department of Health regarding masks HERE

Starting July 20

The YMCA at VT will commence, (and expand), our regular Summer Feeding Program. As a result Meals On Main will be operating only on Fridays. We will also begin distributing meals for under 18’s at 4-5 additional sites in the Blacksburg/ Christiansburg area.

Starting July 6 collect meals for all under 18 years old:

Mondays: Adams Marke from 2-3pm

Tuesdays: Oak Forest from 2-3pm

Wednesdays: Meadowbrook from 2-3pm

Wednesdays: Blacksburg Boxing & Fitness Parking Lot from 4-5pm

Thursdays: Linden Green, Christiansburg from 2-3pm

Fridays: Blacksburg Estates from 2-3pm

Fridays: Meals On Main at the Thrift Shop from 4-6pm- Serving from the warehouse door to the right of the Thrift Shop entrance near the gas station end of the building.

Please only collect meals from the location nearest to your home once a week.

Meals and snacks for 5 days each week will be provided for each child.

PLEASE SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THE PAGE FOR ADDITIONAL FOOD RESOURCES

Please welcome Keri Friedman 

YMCA at VT Summer Youth Feeding Program Coordinator

I am a rising senior at Virginia Tech, studying Natural Resources Conservation and Recreation Management. I am originally from Long Island, New York, but have fallen in love with Appalachian culture and the people of southwest Virginia since I first started at VT in 2017. I plan to go into the state parks, working in interpretation, education, and service learning once I graduate so I can continue to serve the community here in SWVA. I love hiking, cooking, and spending time with my dog Molly in my free time. 

Meals On Main Feeding Program: 

The YMCA at VT’s summer feeding program is in it’s 3rd year, and is expanding to add more sites around Blacksburg and Christiansburg the week of July 6th. We currently serve at Adams Marke and Oak Forest Mobile Home Communities, as well as at our thrift store. The expansion of our locations will allow us to serve the children at Meadowbrook and Blacksburg Estates Mobile Home Communities, and Linden Green Apartments in Christiansburg. At each site, we distribute bags with 5 days worth of food for each child in the family. We serve children under 18 years old, and disabled adults under 21 years old. Each day, we rely on a team of volunteers to help us pack meals, load our truck, and serve meals. 

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.

SOME MEALS ON MAIN NUMBERS

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
Monday, May 18: 828 meals and snacks distributed to 207 children
Friday, May 22: 585 meals and snacks served to 195 children
Monday, May 25: 464 meals and snacks served to 116 children
Friday, May 29: 590 snacks and produce served to 199 children
Monday, June 1: 457 meals, and 806 snacks served to 224 children
Friday, June 5: 348 meals and 522 snacks as well as produce served to 174 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 location

nearest to your home

on the assigned day and time

#2

Use hand sanitizer & wear mask

Youth must remain in vehicle

#3

Go to the Grab-and-Go tables 

to collect food

#4

Pick up one bag per child under 18

Bag includes meals, snacks, &  milk

 

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!

ADDITIONAL FOOD RESOURCES

Blacksburg Interfaith Food Pantry
706 Harding Ave Blacksburg, 24060
newrivercommunityaction.org/IFP
540-951-8134/ bburgifp@gmail.com.

The Giving Tree Food Pantry
2455 Peppers Ferry Rd
NW Christiansburg 24073
thegivingtreefoodpantry.org
Providing food Friday’s from 4:30-7pm via drive thru service. Please stay in your cars. A volunteer will be there to provide instructions.

Micah’s Backpack
Drive through every Monday, 3-6pm
St. Michael Lutheran Church
2308 Merrimac Rd
Blacksburg

Montgomery County Emergency Assistance Program
110 Roanoke St. Christiansburg, 24073
540-382-6186/ 381-1561
www.newrivercommunityaction.org
The office is closed, but still providing food assistance. Please call the office.

Montgomery County Public Schools
Meals delivered once each week using the following schedule:
Tuesday- Auburn & East Mont
Wednesday- Blacksburg
Thursday- Christiansburg
Students will receive 5 meals on their delivery day. Bus routes and drop off times remain the same.