Providing Meals during COVID-19
The Sterling-Rock Falls Family YMCA is known for stepping in to fill community needs, and when COVID-19 forced schools to close, we stepped in to serve meals for adults and children in the community. From April 13 through August 14, we were able to serve Grab and Go meals in Sterling and Rock Falls. The meals were packed by volunteers and delivered to sites daily for a drive thru meal service. This allowed for volunteers to be socially distanced from each other and deliver meals to people in their cars. We served 4,496 meals in Sterling and 5,273 in Rock Falls for close to 10,000 meals!
Along with the drive thru Grab and Go meal service, we were able to make daily deliveries to five families in Rock Falls and weekly deliveries to three families in Sterling. Our staff were able to identify families that could benefit from the meals, but due to lack of transportation were unable to pick them up. Our staff stepped in to deliver meals and fill the transportation barrier to ensure that everyone had access to meals.
Additionally, Wahl Clipper gave us a monetary donation so we were able to purchase over 300 frozen meals that were distributed throughout our community. We also received food item donations from Kroger and the Walmart DC for our grab and go meal program! We are grateful to have support from our members, donors and supporters to be able to carry out programs like these in the community.