Local elementary school students who might struggle with the insecurity of not knowing whether they will have something to eat at meal times recently got a little love from the J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA.

Nearly 90 volunteers gathered at the YMCA on Sept. 15 to put together 900 food bags for Lawrenceville-based Nothing But the Truth Ministries. The food bags will be distributed by the ministry group to elementary school students in the area will are dealing with food insecurity, according to YMCA officials.

As part of the project, plastic bags were stuffed with items such as crackers, cookies, chips, Ramen noodles, Pop Tarts, macaroni and cheese packets, canned foods and cards that had inspirational messages as well as handwritten notes on them.

“Everything the YMCA does is about championing communities where everyone belongs,” officials from the J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA said in a Facebook post during the event. “We are excited to serve our community Y taking on 20 service projects around Atlanta”

The service project was part of YMCA’s broader “Days of Service” program, where more than 1,600 volunteers offered helping hands at community service projects around metro Atlanta.

“Days of Service” included 20 service projects around the Atlanta area from Sept. 14 to Sept. 15. The food packing event on Sept. 15 was actually one of two projects the J.M Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA took on that weekend. Volunteers from the YMCA did beautification projects at the homes of military veterans on Sept. 14.

“Over the past 160 years, the Y has evolved to meet the unmet needs within communities around the Metro Atlanta area,” said Kristin McEwen, senior VP of operations for the YCMA of Metro Atlanta.

The Gwinnett Stripers, Chick-fil-A, Delta Airlines, Kaiser Permanente, Home Depot, Delta Community Credit Union and the Metro Atlanta YMCA were sponsors for the J.M. Tull-Gwinnett Family YMCA’s project.

I'm a Crawford Long baby who grew up in Marietta and eventually wandered to the University of Southern Mississippi for college. Earned a BA in journalism (double minor in political science and history). Previously worked in Florida and Clayton County.

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