YMCA of Metro Atlanta hosts Cobb events to supply food

On Sept. 10 and 11, Days of Service are being held by the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, including sites in Cobb County, to help supply families in need of food. (Courtesy of YMCA of Metro Atlanta)

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On Sept. 10 and 11, Days of Service are being held by the YMCA of Metro Atlanta, including sites in Cobb County, to help supply families in need of food. (Courtesy of YMCA of Metro Atlanta)

The YMCA of Metro Atlanta is holding its Days of Service Sept. 10 and 11 at various Y locations across metro Atlanta, including Cobb County.

The annual event, which brings together organizations and volunteers, supports families in need of food through support from such sponsors as Publix, JLL and Pritchard & Jerden.

“Now more than ever, we feel the weight of our responsibility to serve our communities,” said Lauren Koontz, president and CEO of YMCA of Metro Atlanta.

“Last year during this event, we were able to bring food boxes to more than 2,000 families in our community, so we approach this year with the hope of continuing to bring relief to our community amidst the continued impact of COVID-19,” Koontz added.

In partnership with the Atlanta Community Food Bank, Latin American Association, Common Market, Diaz Foods, Roadie, Helping Mamas and Hope thru Soap, the Y will pack and provide food and hygiene kits for those in need.

On Sept. 10, corporate teams will pack hygiene and food items at various Y branches, including those in Marietta, Atlanta and Stone Mountain.

Then on Sept. 11, community members, families and volunteers are invited to assist with the assembly and distribution of donated items at Kennesaw and Atlanta Y locations.

Additional volunteer opportunities are available throughout this week for those unable to attend the events on Sept. 10 and 11.

Days of Service began in 2018 as a celebration of the Y’s 160 years of service in the Atlanta community.

In 2020, the tradition continued as more than 600 Y volunteers and staff gathered to pack food boxes for thousands of families in the community needing food due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

At the beginning of the pandemic, the Y quickly expanded its hunger relief efforts to meet the critical needs of the community.

Since March of 2020, the Y has provided nearly 900,000 meals to families and individuals throughout metro Atlanta, including more than 265,700 free meals for children under the age of 18 and nearly 140,000 bags of food.

Register: volunteer@YMCAatlanta.org or YMCAatlanta.org/volunteer-opportunities/days-of-service.php

Information: YMCAatlanta.org/160