Jorgensen Foundation grants $10,000 to YMCA for food relief

The Ove E. Jorgensen Foundation has granted $10,000 to the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne to help continue to help feed those in need during the COVID-19 crisis.

“The government-ordered closures due to the pandemic have created many urgent needs for people in our area. Caring for our neighbors is one of the Y’s core values,” Chris Angellatta, president and CEO of the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne said in a statement. “The generosity from the Ove W. Jorgensen Foundation helps us to continue to fulfill our mission to put Christian principles into practice through programs that build healthy spirit, mind and body for all.”

The Renaissance Pointe YMCA staff make meals accessible to people in two different ways while also maintaining social distancing guidelines. Boxed “grab-&-go” suppers are available for pick up from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday at the Renaissance Pointe Y at 2323 Bowser Ave. Boxed meals are also delivered to the doorsteps of residents throughout nearby neighborhoods where access to food and transportation is a barrier.

“The Renaissance Pointe Y has been running a free meal program for vulnerable youth during the school year. Thanks to the generosity of donors such as the Ove W. Jorgensen Foundation, we’ve been able to continue to feed hungry people during this crisis,” stated Amos Norman, district executive director of the Renaissance Pointe YMCA. “Our hope is that continued support will help us grow the size of our feeding program here and start feeding programs in other parts of our community where there is a need.”

For more information about the YMCA Meal Access Program, contact Tim Hallman, director of Christian emphasis for the YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne, at 260.755.4964 or email tim_hallman@fwymca.org. Financial donations can be made online at fwymca.org/donate.


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