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Greenfield YMCA, Rachel’s Table team up to fight hunger

  • FALK

  • VIGNEAU

Staff Writer
Published: 5/17/2020 12:34:57 PM

GREENFIELD — The YMCA of Greenfield and Rachel’s Table in Springfield are teaming up this week to fight hunger.

Jodi Falk, executive director of Rachel’s Table, a program of the Jewish Federation of Western Massachusetts that works to alleviate hunger and reduce food waste, said the joint effort is part of her nonprofit’s Table Hunger Relief Week.

During the week, she said the YMCA will encourage anyone taking one of its online classes to donate $5 or more to the relief effort. The community health and fitness nonprofit will match donations up to a total of $500 cumulatively.

“This is an opportunity to support good and important work,” YMCA CEO Grady Vigneau said. “We want to be a leader in our community, but we also want to be on a team that’s making good things happen.”

Vigneau said “raising money for those with food insecurity is something we can be proud of.” He said he hopes to see many people donate.

“Our vision is ‘Love, Serve, Care’ and we’re doing just that,” he said. “This event fits the critical points we do in all of our undertakings.”

Vigneau said the YMCA’s donation match will come from its annual campaign. The campaign largely provides funding for scholarships for camp and memberships, but also for educational programs for families and support of events like this one.

The online classes are open to members and non-members, and include yoga, meditation and exercise. The YMCA welcomes anyone in the community to consider taking a class from Monday through Friday, its free virtual class week.

“People can enjoy a healthy workout, start a new fitness routine or try something new while feeding people with food insecurity,” Falk said.

Money raised will support the emergency food programs of more than 45 agencies that feed the hungry and recently unemployed amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Falk said for 28 years, Rachel’s Table has delivered nutritious food throughout the Pioneer Valley.

“At this time, we have several initiatives that help those in need,” she said. “Pre-COVID-19, 11 percent of families in America were food insecure. Since COVID-19, up to 38 percent of families and 20 percent of children in the U.S. are now food insecure. The YMCA of Greenfield and Rachel’s Table are doing their part to feed the need and make a difference together.”

To join online classes, visit: your-y.org. To donate, visit: bit.ly/3fPMDib and click on “YMCA of Greenfield and Rachel’s Table Hunger Relief Week.”




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