Fort Worth YMCA Launches Grab & Go Meals for Families Affected by Coronavirus (COVID-19)

April 1,2020


News Story by the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth

On Monday, the YMCA of Fort Worth began partnering with local vendors to provide free Grab & Go meals in Tarrant, Hood and Johnson Counties while schools are closed due to the Coronavirus (COVID-19) crisis.  

Meals are available for pick-up 5 days a week, Monday – Friday, from 4pm – 6pm at the following 9 locations:

• Amon G. Carter, Jr. Downtown YMCA, 512 Lamar Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102

• Benbrook Community Center YMCA, 1899 Winscott Road, Benbrook, TX 76126

• Eastside YMCA, 1500 Sandy Lane, Fort Worth, TX 76112

• William M. McDonald YMCA, 2701 Moresby Street, Fort Worth, TX 76105

• YMCA Sports Complex, 4320 Altamesa Blvd, Fort Worth, TX 76133

• Hood County YMCA, 1475 James Road, Granbury, TX 76049

• Joshua Community YMCA, 1009 Joshua Station, Blvd Joshua, TX 76058

• Elkins Elementary School, 7250 School Road, Fort Worth, TX 76179

• Remington Point Elementary School, 6000 Old Decatur Road, Fort Worth, TX 76179

The YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth branches are temporarily closed for traditional health and wellness activities due to the COVID-19 public health mandates by city, county and state authorities, but the facilities now support the community by providing for meals for families with children 18 years or younger.

“For over 130 years, the YMCA has served the ever-changing needs of our local community. Today is no different as we continue to find ways to support Fort Worth, Benbrook and surrounding counties by partnering with local organizations to provide grab-and-go meals at our branches.” Tony Shuman, President and CEO of YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth.

Meals, provided by Purple Hearts, Inc. and Tarrant Area Food Bank, come complete with protein, fruit or vegetable, snacks and more. Together with the support of local vendors, volunteers, staff and donors, the Y wants to ensure that every child is safe, healthy and fed.

“By providing these meals to children who need them most, Fort Worth area Y’s are truly fulfilling their mission of healthy living, social responsibility, and youth development. I’m proud of their continued community outreach despite their temporary facility closures.” Julie Wilson, Chair, Board of Directors at YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth.

In addition to the Grab & Go initiative, the Y is continuing to support the community by providing pre-schools and childcare to the families of essential employees and first responders and connecting with seniors to check on their wellbeing to help avoid isolation.

About YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth

With 130 years of service to the Fort Worth area, the YMCA of Metropolitan Fort Worth serves more than 150,000 unique individuals on an annual basis. Its work impacts our community daily through programs that emphasize youth development, encourage healthy living, and empower social responsibility. The non-profit organization offers diverse family programs including youth sports, youth and government, camping, child care, swimming and drowning prevention, wellness, diabetes management, and senior-specific adult programs in addition to fitness memberships. The Y has branches in Tarrant, Johnson, and Hood counties. Additionally, it owns and operates YMCA Camp Carter, a year-round facility offering both day-camp programs and residential opportunities for youth.  It also owns and operates the YMCA Sports Complex in southwest Fort Worth, providing soccer, baseball, and other youth sports opportunities. For more information visit www.ymcafw.org