Youth Development

staff person adding nonperishable food to Blessings Box

The Power of Storytelling in Philanthropy

Food Insecurity
During the pandemic, Jen Fuller-Allen, CEO of the J. Smith Young YMCA in Lexington, began sending an email each Friday to her Board of Directors. “I wanted to connect with our Board more regularly to share highlights from the week to better equip them to help tell our story,” Fuller-Allen said.
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making a food delivery

Making Community Connections

Food Insecurity
Fighting Food Insecurity: 2021 Bright Spots The Gaston County Family YMCA delivered 1,700 meals during the summer every day at to four locations (apartment complexes and a mobile home community).
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Sig Hutchinson at YMCA food bus

Regional Food Hubs and The "Big Bus Food Truck"

Food Insecurity
Fighting Food Insecurity: 2021 Bright Spots The YMCA of the Triangle operated three regional food hubs with county CARES Act funding to provide a network of 13 food hubs to provide boxed groceries, fresh and frozen meat, produce, eggs and canned goods twice a month to those in need.
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