Wednesday, July 1, 2009

The Hungry Among Us

Part of the Food Bank Harvest in 2008

"Many of us are all but numb to the stories about the effects of the recession. But one last week that noted a sharp increase in the need for food assistance in the region stood out. It should bs a call to action to support efforts to feed the hungry, as well as efforts to create better-paying jobs." (Source: Winston-Salem Journal, May 26, 2009).

With double digit increases in individuals requiring food assistance in 14 counties in the Triad, our work at the Food Bank Community Garden at Children's Home is needed now more than ever. The volunteers who work tirelessly at the farm are part of the immediate solution.

When representatives of the garden met with the staff at Second Harvest (which distributes all the food we harvest), we were told that the demand is expected to reach historic proportions this year. And, the Food Bank garden's harvest is the only source of fresh, locally grown fruits and vegetables.

The Journal article headlines that "the rise in food-assistance claims is a call to action". The Food Bank Community Garden is a part of this crucial effort. Thanks to all the volunteers who make it possible.

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