YMCA food pantry

Annika Ruskievicz, Reporter

The North Kansas City YMCA offers many things like, classes, swimming and the fitness floor. On April 24 the YMCA opened their newest thing to offer, a food pantry.

William Gormley, the food and nutrition programs vista for the YMCA said  “We started this objective because we really want to have access to healthy foods, so we have selected the foods based on nutritional value and quality. I have worked in other food pantries  before they are typically  not the healthiest  foods in these pantries. So I wanted  to do is start a new concept of a healthy food pantry. So we are providing all theses families  with access with the rights kinds of foods.”

The YMCA is able to offer this pantry due to partnerships with  local companies such as Harvesters. They are a locally operated food bank that helps provide food and other household supplies  to 760 non-for-profit organizations in the KC Metro area. Their mission is to feed hungry  people today and work to end hunger tomorrow.

“Harvesters is our main sponsor for this. This is where we will be receiving  a lot of our  donations but we are open to new sponsors,“ said Gormley,  “ it is open to the community, anyone can come. You can come one time a day all we ask for is your name, number in the household and zip code.”

The pantry is open to the public Monday, Wednesday ,and Friday from five to seven in the evening. Tuesday and Thursday eight to nine in the morning and Saturday nine to noon.

For more information about the food pantry call  (816) 300-0531  or visit theYMCA is located at 1999 Iron St, North Kansas City, MO 64116 for more details.