Our garden is all volunteer with the sole purpose to grow fresh, local vegetables and melons for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwestern NC with the sponsorship of Centenary United Methodist Church. We are located on three acres at The Children's Home in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Scope of the problem in our area:
Across Second Harvest Food Bank's 18-county service area, nearly 300,000 people are at risk of hunger, one-third of which are children. Hungry children can't learn and hungry adults can't work and live productively.Hunger - A Hidden Reality in Our Communities
Hunger in our communities is largely hidden. But whether it involves a parent skipping meals, eating less than is needed to live a healthy life or making due with foods that are filling but lack nutrition, its affects can be devasting, especially among our more vulnerable citizens, including children and older adults.
Children are especially vulnerable to issues of hunger and poverty.
For older adults, adequate nutrition is particularly important for health because of their increased vulnerability to disease and conditions that may impair their health.
The assumption is often made that those who face hunger are unemployed. The truth is that greater and greater numbers of working North Carolinians are struggling to feed their families. According to the recent Map the Meal Gap Study released by Feeding America, 35% of those who are food insecure in the Second Harvest Food Bank of NWNC service area are not eligible for government assistance based on income.
According to the most recent study, released in March 2011, from the Food Research and Action Center (FRAC), Food Hardship in America 2010, North Carolina is ranked 6th worse in the nation for food hardship. Amoung Metropolitan Service Areas, Winston-Salem MSA was ranked 3rd worse in the nation and Greensboro/High Point MSA was ranked 4th.
While hunger is a widespread problem, it is unique in that it is truly a solvable problem. The resources exist. The United States is the largest and most efficient food producer in the world. The charitable food system in America is smart and highly cooperative. With support from many generous food and financial donors and the helping hands of over 2000 volunteers, Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC serves a critical role in hunger-relief efforts for the region.
Ultimately, ending hunger will take leadership and political will. And it will require that the public and private sector join in a determined partnership to address the economic, political and personal barriers that contribute to