The YMCA of Metro Atlanta today announced it is partnering with CARE, Atlanta Public Schools, CHRIS 180, Concrete Jungle and Purpose Built Schools Atlanta to form a summer food distribution coalition. The organizations will provide 150,000 meals to Atlanta area school children and their families. Participating families can sign up to receive food through deliveries and walk-up distribution locations at no cost, at least until the end of the summer.
“This is a continuation of our promise to give back to those who turn to us for support,” said Allison Toller, chief social impact officer of the Metro Atlanta YMCA. “While we may be known for our gyms and fitness programs, we remain dedicated to improving mind, body and spirit in the communities we serve. We are pleased to join with these dedicated organizations in providing food for those in need.”
In addition to supplying meals, CARE and its partners will provide jobs for educators and social service workers who may live on partial year salaries or depend on working summer programs to supplement their income. These professionals will staff the delivery, packaging and distribution centers alongside partners from gig platforms like TaskRabbit, Lyft and Uber.
“We are excited to collaborate with a team of professionals who are eager to serve their community, while earning much needed supplemental income,” said Ryan Shepard, executive director of the CARE Global Innovation Hub.
This effort will include more than 35 paid summer jobs for educators and social workers. The goal is to expand the program in the future to other cities including Houston, Louisville and Chicago. Families interested in the program can register here.
Since March 16, the YMCA of Metro Atlanta has provided 164,053 meals to individuals in need. For more information about the YMCA of Metro Atlanta's hunger relief programs, visit https://www.ymcaatlanta.org/blog/current-ymca-hunger-relief-programs/.