Santa Claus has decided to take a few hours away from the elves and reindeer to come and help the YMCA at Virginia Tech with its Meals on Main food distribution on Wednesday, Dec. 23, at the Thrift Shop parking lot at 1000 N. Main St. in Blacksburg.
On Monday Dec. 21, and Wednesday Dec. 23 YMCA volunteers will be passing out holiday treats from Next Door Bake Shop, Blacksburg Bagels and the Thrift Shop along with the shelf stable meals and snacks. (Treats will be available while stocks last.)
The YMCA at Virginia Tech Meals on Main program is still going strong on Mondays at Prices Fork Elementary School and on Fridays at the Thrift Shop. On both days the meal distribution happens between 4-6 p.m. and is free to all children and youth in the New River Valley under age 18.
On Wednesday, Santa will remain behind the tables to keep safe social distancing, but he’ll be delighted to see the children, say hello and pass out treats. Visitors should remember to wear their masks and keep their distance. As always, Meals on Main will operate rain or shine.
The holiday schedule for meal distribution will be as follows:
Mon. Dec. 21: 4-6 p.m. at Prices Fork Elementary School parking lot
Wed. Dec. 23 (to replace Fri. Dec. 25): 4-6 p.m. in the Thrift Shop parking lot
Mon. Dec. 28: 4-6 p.m. at Prices Fork Elementary School parking lot
Wed. Dec. 30 (to replace Fri. Jan. 1): 4-6 p.m. in the Thrift Shop parking lot
The goal of the YMCA at Virginia Tech’s Meals on Main initiative is to help relieve some of the pressure faced by families due to the current pandemic.
The YMCA needs brown paper shopping bags to contain the meals. They may be dropped off at the YMCA Thrift Shop at 1000 N. Main St., Blacksburg. They will be quarantined on site before use.
Volunteers are also needed. Sign up at https://www.signupgenius.com/index.cfm?go=s.signup&urlid=4090449AFA929AAFA7-meals1
Donations to support the YMCA’s community programs such as Meals On Main can be made at http://vtymca.org/ or by sending a check to YMCA at VT, 403 Washington St. SW, Blacksburg, VA 24060.