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MVYMCA To Hold Food and Personal Care Item Drive For Those in Need

via Merrimack Valley YMCA

The Merrimack Valley YMCA is expanding our food service to help those most in need in our community during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Lawrence YMCA operates a food pantry that is open every Thursday from 4:00-6:00 pm. This week, we will be holding a food and personal care item drive to ensure the shelves are stocked for those facing food insecurity, especially in light of the recent COVID-19 crisis.

Donations will be accepted this Wednesday, March 18th and next Wednesday, March 25th at the Andover/North Andover YMCA from 4:00-6:30 pm. In an effort to maintain social distancing, people bringing donations can drive up to the side entrance of the Y (on the child care side), where volunteers will take the donations so people won’t have to get out of their cars.

The food pantry is in need of the following items:


  • Cereal

  • Pasta

  • Spaghetti O’s

  • Oatmeal

  • Coffee/Tea

  • Canned Chicken

  • Tuna

  • Fruit cups

  • Granola bars

  • Chicken Noodle Soup (No tomato or cream of… )

  • Beans

  • Boxed meals

  • Ramen Noodles

  • 100% juice


  • Shampoo/ conditioner

  • Deodorant

  • Toothpaste

  • Soap

  • Toothbrushes

  • Diapers

  • Baby wipes

  • Feminine care products

Donations will be taken to the food pantry at the Lawrence Y and will be distributed on Thursday, March 19th and Thursday, March 26th from 4:00-6:00 pm. Volunteers will take orders and bring the food out to those in need so that people won’t need to enter the Y.


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