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Rocky Mount, Va. (February 10, 2023) – The Franklin County Family YMCA helped feed the community this January by holding a canned food drive. Nearly 600 canned goods were donated and delivered to God and Food Provisions of Rocky Mount and Lake Christian Ministries at Smith Mountain Lake.

“Community members who donated at least three canned goods in January got to join the Y for free,” said Jessica Thomason, Branch and Membership Director, Franklin County Family YMCA. “We surpassed our goals this joining special, almost making it to our pre-pandemic membership numbers. I think a large part of that has to do with people knowing that they’re helping a neighbor while getting a good deal!”

Drop boxes were located in the lobby at each location of the Franklin County Y – Rocky Mount and Smith Mountain Lake. Food items collected included spaghetti sauce/pasta, peanut butter, jelly, canned/boxed soups and meals, canned vegetables/fruits, tuna fish, and other canned meats. With support, community members and the Y helped hundreds of families.

“Our members showed so much support during our drive, which brought in a significant amount of canned goods. Expanding our reach and helping the community is our number one goal,” said Andrea Fansler, Branch Director, Smith Mountain Lake YMCA.

February 13th – 17th, the YMCA will be hosting a member appreciation week to thank everyone for the effort to support the community. Each day tables will be set up in the lobby with gifts of appreciation. Members will also have the opportunity to win a free semi-annual membership if they correctly answer YMCA trivia questions that will be posted on the Y’s social media pages throughout the month of February.

To learn more about the Y’s community outreach efforts or for information on other programs please contact or call (540)489-9622. 



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