On Thursday, July 16 we were honored to welcome a special visitor at the Uptown branch of the YMCA of Greater Whittier. State Senator Bob J. Archuleta, representing the 32nd District joined our effort to feed families in our community through our Federal Food program. The YMCA of Greater Whittier has been serving “Grab and Go” meals since March 16 and continues to do so five days a week at both branch locations. Since the closures of schools in March, our Y has served more than 45,000 meals to families who struggle with food insecurity.
At our Uptown branch, Senator Archuleta was given an in-depth explanation of our processes and procedures for the food program by Executive Director of Youth Services, Florie Harrison. While learning more about the expanse of our Y’s Service Area, he was pleased to know that our program specifically served so many of his district’s families, and not limited to the Whittier city area. Senator Archuleta was appreciative that the “Grab and Go” program would continue as some of the area’s school meal programs have stopped and will not resume until the academic year begins. He applauded our commitment to accommodate more families to our locations for “Grab-and-Go” meals who otherwise would no longer be able to access a closed site. Our Y will continue to feed families for as long as our community needs us.
In addition to the food program, Senator Archuleta met children in our preschool and afterschool programs. Impressed by the Y’s dedication to Covid-19 safety precautions and the children’s ability to adapt to their new surroundings, he was eager to give a thumbs up to the children in each program. As the current arrangements for the public school system unfold with new details each day, his focus switched to inquiry about our plans to provide additional support for families in districts where distanced learning was the priority. The YMCA of Greater Whittier is in on-going conversations about our services with several school districts in our service area. To date we are able to list partnerships with three school districts: Norwalk-La Mirada, East Whittier and Whittier City accounting for six elementary schools; three middle schools; and an additional early learning center in La Mirada. Many of these are at the school locations, which are in addition to our large established school-age and early learner programs at both our Uptown and East Whittier branch locations. To learn more about these programs click here.
We are ecstatic to receive this visit from State Senator Archuleta. It is our pleasure and privilege to demonstrate our ongoing commitment to the families in the 32nd District. We hope to see him again in the future!