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YWCA Operations Updates (COVID-19)

YWCA Central Maine will serve as a community pick-up site for free meals for the month of March, with food distribution on Tuesdays and Fridays from 1p – 4p at 130 East Avenue in Lewiston.

🥕We recommend that you reserve your family’s meals ONLINE or by phone (795-4050) by the morning of pick up.
🥕We will have some meals available for pickup for those who don’t reserve in advance, on a first-come, first-serve basis; however, we strongly recommend that you let us know early so we can be sure to have a meal reserved for your family!
🥕You do not have to be affiliated with the YWCA nor from Lewiston to request food for your child! The only requirement is that you have the children with you at the time of pick up (due to funding requirements for this program)
🥕Our building is closed to the public as part of our COVID-19 protocol. When you arrive (whether or not you ordered ahead), please call 795-4050 to tell us you are here and a staff member will bring food to your car.

We are happy to announce that we will also provide free breakfast, lunch, and snack to children in our care while schools are closed, including school-aged children. For this reason, we request that children bring no outside food to the childcare program.

In response to the COVID-19 pandemic, YWCA Central Maine is suspending some programs in order to limit access to our community building for the safety of our staff, childcare families, and community effective Monday March 16, 2020. The YWCA is continuing to offer childcare to the many medical and emergency personnel, first-responders, law enforcement officials, and working families who still rely on us for safe care of their children during this time. 
Please see the letter from our Executive Director, Melanie LaMore Gagnon, for all of the most up-to-date information. There is also information for childcare families utilizing our services during the pandemic here.

We’re excited to share a NEW way to offer your support during this critical time: Rogue Wear Athletic Apparel & Gear Bags is donating $10 for every YWCA Coronavirus Support 2020 t-shirt ordered via this link 💲👕💲

Order yours today to support the YWCA’s essential COVID-19 childcare and food & nutrition programming AND your local custom clothing decorator and sports bag manufacturer…all while scoring yourself some cool new threads! We can’t wait to see all these shirts on our patrons and supporters 💪


This year we are going virtual! Register for our online 21 Day Racial Equity & Social Justice Challenge TODAY! The challenge begins on Friday, May 1. Check out our programs page for more info on the annual event and this year’s challenge.


We have added several ways to ask your questions about the census in English and other languages–all of which can be done while our building is closed. We also have many raffles for children, teens, and adults to engage with and learn about the census through 4/1/20–again, all completely online!