Food Assistance Program

 


As part of our mission to strengthen our community the Summit Area YMCA (SAY) provides support to those facing food insecurity within our community by partnering with The Community FoodBank of New Jersey and other local organizations to donate weekly food packages to local families in our service area of Summit, Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield and Stirling.

With gracious assistance from The Community FoodBank of New Jersey and Zone 7, who contribute fresh and shelf-stable nutritious food, we are able to distribute hundreds of weekly packages out of the Summit YMCA to local families who have a stressed financial need for essential food and supplies. 

PROGRAM DETAILS:

WHEN
Food packages are available for pickup 3x a month (Mondays 2x month and Fridays 1x month).
Distribution days/times are subject to change based on availability. The program manager contacts participants for weekly pick-up schedules. 

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TYPES OF FOOD

• Dairy
• Meat
• Fresh produce
• Shelf-stable foods such as rice, pasta, canned vegetables, cereals, condiments, granola bars, etc. 

HYGIENE SUPPLIES

• Diapers for Kids/Adults
• Period Supplies  

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PICK-UP LOCATION

Summit YMCA
67 Maple Street, Summit, NJ 07901

Delivery can be arranged if needed.

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HOW TO SIGNUP
Click below to sign up for the Y's Food Assistance program. Eligible participants must reside within our service area of Summit, Berkeley Heights, Gillette, Millburn, New Providence, Short Hills, Springfield or Stirling (New Jersey).

SIGN UP

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WANT TO VOLUNTEER?
We have year round volunteer opportunities available! Volunteers and drivers are needed 3x per month to organize and bag groceries at the Summit YMCA and deliver them locally to families in Summit, Berkeley Heights, New Providence, or Springfield.

VOLUNTEER SIGN UP


CONTACT INFO

Patty Facchinei
908-273-3330 Ext. 1174


HELPING FAMILIES IN NEED DURING COVID-19


CORONAVIRUS FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAM

Starting in June 2020, with schools closed and unemployment on the rise, even more families were faced with food insecurity. The Summit Area YMCA and The Community FoodBank of New Jersey partnered again to extend its food insecurity programs and provide access to healthy food packs for even more local families in need. With the distribution centers hours adjusted and a lower capacity for bagging food, the Summit Area YMCA stepped in to fill the gap. Every week, in addition to the pallets of food sent to the Y, staff and volunteers sorted and bagged shelf stable groceries, fresh produce purchased by the Y and donations from our community garden and local partners. 

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Other FOOD ASSISTANCE PROGRAMS


Family Pack Program - Originally operated throughout the school year for low income students facing food insecurity on the weekends, this program now runs year round for local families in need. The Summit Area YMCA partners with local schools and organizations like The Community FoodBank of New Jersey and The Junior League of Summit to distribute food for supplemental meals every week to local families.

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The Summit Hunger Coalition - The Summit Hunger Coalition is comprised of a group of local nonprofits, including the Summit Area YMCA, who work together to address food insecurity in Summit.

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GET INVOLVED

Have questions or want to bring our attention to any under-served needs within our community, causes you support or get involved by becoming a community partner or volunteer, please fill out the form below.