When the Y Mission Market opened in September of 2022, local residents like Curtis Finney were happy to have a place to go when money is tight. “You might come short on supplies or toiletries, and you don’t know which way to turn,” said Curtis. “A lot of people are in doubt or they’re too afraid to ask. This Y is using the donations very well.”
By the end of 2022, the Y Mission Market provided hundreds of Wilmington families with food, clothes, cleaning supplies and toiletries. More than 20,000 pounds of food was donated by the community, and all is free to those who have a need. “It’s been a blessing to have people come here and know that they don’t have to be ashamed.” said Malinda Leonard, the Central YMCA Food Program Coordinator. “We all need help sometimes and the Mission Market gives that without judgment.”
According to the latest US Census, 24% of Wilmington residents are below the poverty line.
Thanks to donations, the Y Mission Market aims to provide those in need with necessities that everyone should have access to. If you, or someone you know could benefit from the Y Mission Market, you can find more information here: https://www.ymcade.org/mission-market/