Food Distribution at North & East Communities YMCAs

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The YMCA of Austin is partnering with Brighter Bites and DiMare Fresh to host free distribution of fresh produce beginning Tuesday, May 19, at the North Austin and East Communities YMCAs. Area residents can receive 20-pound boxes of fruits and vegetables via touchless drive-through or walk-up. The weekly program will run each Tuesday through August.

  • Distribution at the North Austin YMCA (1000 W. Rundberg Ln.) will begin Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and will continue on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Drivers are asked to enter the parking lot from Mearns Meadow Drive.
  • Distribution at the East Communities YMCA (5315 Ed Bluestein Blvd.) will begin Tuesdays at 9 a.m. and will continue on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last. Drivers must enter the parking lot from the northbound lane of Ed Bluestein.

“At a time when many are hurting and hungry, we need to do whatever we can to ensure families and communities have fresh fruits and vegetables on their plates,” said James Finck, YMCA of Austin President and CEO. “We’re excited to be able to partner with Brighter Bites and DiMare Fresh to help our community.”

Prior to the COVID-19 crisis, 25,000 families nationwide were enrolled in the Brighter Bites program across 100 schools, with each family receiving 25 pounds of fresh produce and nutrition education on a weekly basis. Then COVID-19 hit, schools shuttered, and families lost access to this fresh produce they were dependent on for daily nourishment. 

“This partnership with the YMCA of Austin and DiMare Fresh will ensure Brighter Bites families in Austin continue to receive fresh, immune-boosting produce at a time when they need it most,” said Brighter Bites Director of Sourcing Jennifer Boone. “The program will allow us to expand our reach, and we’re grateful to DiMare for trusting Brighter Bites to distribute their product with the greatest care and consideration.”

As part of the USDAFarmers to Families Food Box” program, produce distributor DiMare Fresh is supplying product through their facilities in Texas to service nonprofit entities throughout the Southwest.

DiMare Fresh is a provider of value-added distribution services in the form of repacking, ripening, consolidation and delivery of refrigerated food, specializing in produce and floral. DiMare Fresh has long-standing relationships with local and regional food banks and other nonprofits, such as the Houston Food Bank, North Texas Food Bank, Community Table and Brighter Bites.

Are you interested in volunteering to distribute food on Tuesdays? 

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