YMCA donates to Franklin County Community Meals Program

  • Nancy Conant, volunteer coordinator at the YMCA in Greenfield, accepts a donation from Diane Killeen, of Greenfield, also a volunteer at the YMCA. The nonprofit collected food between May 26 and May 29, as well as monetary donations, which were given to the Franklin County Community Meals Program. STAFF PHOTO/PAUL FRANZ

Staff Writer
Published: 6/3/2020 1:28:52 PM

GREENFIELD — The YMCA has collected enough non-perishable food to fill 250 brown bags that the Franklin County Community Meals Program will distribute to hungry adults.

YMCA Fitness Director Jayne Trosin said each bag contains a protein, snack, water, dried fruit and more. She said the health and fitness nonprofit collected food between May 26 and May 29, and received $75 in donations, too.

“We’re so blessed to have so many generous members,” Trosin said.

People dropped off food throughout the week, leaving it in a box in the front of the building. Volunteers greeted people between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. each day.

Marian Boyd, president of the Franklin County Community Meals Program’s board of directors, said the agency is grateful for the YMCA’s support.

“During the year, the YMCA does so much for us,” she said. “It has a team that puts on a meal for us, though we aren’t having congregate meals during the pandemic, and its young leaders group makes up brown bags at other times.”

Boyd said brown bags are distributed every week on Mondays in Turners Falls at Our Lady of Peace Church on Seventh Street, on Tuesdays and Wednesdays at the Second Congregational Church on Court Square in Greenfield, and on Thursdays at the armory on East Main Street in Orange.

“People rely on these bagged meals,” Boyd said. “It provides them with at least one good meal a week.”

Boyd also likes the idea that the YMCA is teaching leadership skills and compassion to its younger members, she said.

“Lots of people get involved. I know of 10 people who asked 10 people to do the same and we had hundreds of meals,” Boyd said. “In Greenfield alone, we serve 70 to 80 people a week.”

Anyone can volunteer to supply brown-bag meals, she said. Younger school-aged children, as well as older children, have donated, with many also decorating the bags. She said it not only feeds people’s stomachs, but their souls, too.

Those who would like to donate money or brown bags should call 413-772-1033 or visit fccmp.org.

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