Seven YMCA branches are collecting donations for area food pantries
DES MOINES, Iowa – (Sept. 15, 2017) – Inspired by news reports about the urgent need for donations to local food pantries, the YMCA of Greater Des Moines is sponsoring an emergency food drive to help feed hungry families in the metro area.
From now through September 29, members of the community may drop off donations of nonperishable food, diapers and personal care items at any of seven participating YMCA branches.
“The Y’s mission is to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthier spirit, mind and body for all, and addressing the issue of food insecurity in our community certainly fits within that mission,” said Ruth Comer, Vice President of Marketing for the YMCA of Greater Des Moines. “When we heard about crisis some of our local food pantries are facing right now, our branches mobilized quickly to get the word out and start collecting donations so those agencies can continue the vital work they do.”
Donations may be dropped off in the lobby of the Y any time during regular operating hours. All donations will go to nonprofit organizations in the community that assist individuals and families with emergency food needs. Following is a list of recipient agencies and the Y branches that are serving as collection points:
DMARC Food Pantry
Ankeny Family YMCA – 1102 North Ankeny Blvd., Ankeny
John R. Grubb Community YMCA, 1611 11th St., Des Moines
Walnut Creek Family YMCA – 948 73rd Street, Windsor Heights
Wellmark YMCA – 501 Grand Ave., Des Moines
Food Bank of Iowa
South Suburban YMCA – 401 E. Army Post Road, Des Moines
Waukee Area Christian Services
Waukee Family YMCA – 210 North Warrior Lane, Waukee
Emerson Elementary School, Indianola
Indianola YMCA – 306 E. Scenic Valley Ave., Indianola