According to Feeding America, there are about 1,456,200 people in North Carolina that are struggling with hunger and of that 1 million people 443, 040 are children. Meaning that every 1 in 7 adults and 1 in 5 children struggle with hunger, food insecurity, and lack of basic need items (2018). These numbers have increased greatly due to the COVID- 19 pandemic; resulting in more families in need of basic food and personal need items in our community.
The Extension at North Carolina A&T State University wants to share our agriculture community’s harvest with those in need. The Cooperative Extension at North Carolina A&T State University has challenged county N.C. Cooperative Extension staff to work with their volunteers, advisory council members, 4-H youth, and community partners to collect non-perishable food items or hygiene items from Jan. 15 to Feb. 15, 2021. Attached is a list of suggested items adapted from Idaho.
The items that are collected will be shared with a local food bank in the Winston-Salem/ Forsyth County area. These items may be dropped off outside of the Agriculture Building located at 1450 Fairchild Rd. Winston-Salem, NC 27105. If you have any questions you may contact the North Carolina Cooperative Extension, Forsyth County Center at 336-703-2850. Thank you for helping us combat food insecurity in the community!