MOUNTAIN LAKES — The Lakeland Hills Family YMCA and community volunteers gathered at the Y to prepare 300 sandwiches to be delivered to the “Homeless Bus” and were then transported to New York City on Saturday evening, August 12. The Y provided all the food products.
The history of the Homeless Bus began in 1992 when Director, Mark Landgrebe, attended an Anthony Robbins seminar in Hawaii and he heard about a program that helped feed needy families on holidays, prompting him into action. At first, Mark delivered food only on holidays, but he quickly realized that holidays weren’t enough and that these people were in need of assistance every day. Lacking the funds to aid them daily, Mark, and his wife Anna, settled on Saturday night deliveries and they have consistently visited these people weekly ever since, logging in over two decades of visits. On most trips into NYC, they serve a meal usually consisting of, Cup-O-Noodles soup, turkey and cheese sandwiches, hot chocolate, water, cookies, and other various snacks.
The Lakeland Hills YMCA is located at 100 Fanny Road, Mountain Lakes.