Greater Somerset County YMCA Receives Grant from the ACME Markets Foundation to Help Feed Children and Families

October 6, 2020

Basking Ridge, N.J. – October 6, 2020 – Greater Somerset County YMCA is responding to the dramatic surge in requests for food assistance during the COVID-19 crisis and is honored that Nourishing Neighbors ACME Markets Foundation is helping to make it happen. Greater Somerset County YMCA announced today that it received a $73,490 grant from the Help Feed Kids and Families Program to fight hunger during the COVID-19 crisis and beyond. The campaign is part of ACME’s Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative.

At the onset of the pandemic, Greater Somerset County YMCA recognized the rapid rise in food insecurity among local residents and quickly mobilized to help. The Y convened volunteers, food donations and collaborations with community partners in a collective rally to address the urgent need. Through the Y’s food security project over 1.3 million meals have been distributed since March to local residents who struggle with food insecurity.

“We are seeing an unprecedented demand for food assistance as the pandemic takes an economic and emotional toll on people throughout our community,” said President and CEO of Greater Somerset County YMCA David Carcieri. “We’re grateful that the ACME Markets Foundation stepped up to help us feed vulnerable neighbors. We are proud to help the community during this time of uncertainty and grateful for the support of all our volunteers, donors, members and partners.”

For over 145 years, Greater Somerset County YMCA has been responding to pressing community needs, which is ingrained in its mission and history. The Y has faced every challenge since 1873 with a focus on supporting the most vulnerable citizens to strengthen community for the good of all. They Y’s knowledge, experience and trusted partnerships help the organization to respond to social needs, deliver effective solutions and ensure that neighbors have the resources and support they need to thrive, especially in times of crisis.

ACME’s Nourishing Neighbors Community Relief Initiative was established to help local families impacted by the coronavirus pandemic and beyond. All funds are used to address the emergency in the following ways:

  • Keep food banks stocked so they can respond to increased demand
  • Support emergency meal distribution programs at schools
  • Support senior centers and other programs that provide meals and food to seniors
  • Help families access federal food programs

“It’s an honor support the work of Greater Somerset County YMCA because they’re on the frontline of hunger relief with effective, efficient, caring outreach to people in need,” said Dana Ward of the ACME Markets Foundation. “In the midst of the COVID-19 crisis, it’s good to know that there are community partners like the Y who won’t allow hunger to become a second crisis.”

As part of Greater Somerset County YMCA’s Food Security Program, the Y has been distributing food in each of its communities including Plainfield, which has experienced a significant increase in food insecurity.

For details on food distribution in Plainfield and weekly volunteer opportunities that support the program, please contact Kisha Chubb at kchubb@gscymca.org or visit www.gscymca.org/py-food-security

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Photo caption: Plainfield YMCA Senior Program Director Kisha Chubb assists YMCA volunteers and organizes packing and distributing donated food to Plainfield residents.

About ACME Markets

ACME Markets began in 1891 when two friends, Samuel Robinson and Robert Crawford, opened a small neighborhood grocery store in South Philadelphia, emphasizing quality products, low prices, and friendly service. 129 years later, ACME remains dedicated to providing a high-quality grocery experience that our customers have come to expect.  Today, ACME operates 164 stores, including 102 ACME Pharmacies at select locations, in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Delaware, and Maryland, employing over 18,000 associates. During 2020, the ACME Markets Foundation has provided nearly $3 million in financial support to local organizations to date.  The company and its associates remain committed to the communities they serve.  For more information, visit www.acmemarkets.com.    

ACME Markets is a part of Albertsons Companies’ Mid-Atlantic Division (NYSE:ACI).  Locally great and nationally strong, Albertsons Cos. is a leading food and drug retailer in the United States.