Game Changer: YMCA Works to Meet Increasing Food Needs During COVID-19

Interview by Billy Shore

Wednesday, April 01, 2020

How do we keep feeding food insecure kids and families during a pandemic? Stacey McDaniel, Anti-Hunger Initiatives Specialist and National Spokesperson for the YMCA of the USA, joins Billy Shore to explain the adaptations and collaborations the Y has undertaken to bring meals to more kids and families than ever before. “Nothing is more fundamental than making sure children have access to healthy meals. It hits all the areas children need nutrition to grow and thrive,” says McDaniel.

Before the pandemic, the Y was operating 5,200 food sites that served 570,000 kids each year. Today, those numbers have grown significantly. “We know that the demand is increasing… we’re seeing just astronomical rises in numbers. We see Y’s where every day the number of meals are increasing and the need is increasing,” reports McDaniel. “God bless our school nutrition workers, they have never worked so hard in their lives. I think they are so underappreciated, but they are true hunger heroes stepping up right now all across this country.”

Join us to hear how one of the foundational rocks of so many American communities is coming to the aid of so many kids and families during this crisis.

Resources and Mentions:

Stacey McDaniel

Stacey McDaniel

Anti-Hunger Initiatives Specialist and National Spokesperson

No Kid Hungry

Share Our Strength’s No Kid Hungry campaign is ending child hunger in America by ensuring all children get the healthy food they need, every day.

YMCA of the USA

The Y’s Mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build a healthy spirit, mind and body for all. Strengthening community is our cause. Every day, we work side-by-side with our neighbors to make sure that everyone, regardless of age, income or background, has the opportunity to learn and grow. The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility.

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