Hunger remains a serious problem in Durham. You can help feed one individual and together we can feed our community.
Feeding Durham: Cans 4 Our Community is a Rotary led community food drive. Durham area Rotary clubs are partnering with Durham County Department of Social Services, Duke University, North Carolina Central University and Durham Technical Community College to support the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and food pantries in Durham.
The Feeding Durham: Cans 4 Our Community campaign will run from December 12, 2013, to January 20, 2014.
During the campaign, purchase an extra can or two of needed food items (see below) when you visit a participating Kroger grocery store to shop for your family and drop off the items in the containers provided at the store. You can also drop off needed items at any of the partner locations. For a printable list of most needed items, click here.
To celebrate the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, donated food items can be dropped off at Durham Technical Community College on January 20, 2014. Additionally, students from Duke University, North Carolina Central University, Durham Technical Community College and Rotarians will be packaging 100,000 meals for Stop Hunger Now! Every year, Stop Hunger Now provides millions of nutritious meals and other life-saving aid to children and families all over the world. Stop Hunger Now collaborates with existing development efforts in vulnerable communities internationally to provide meals to places such as schools, orphanages, nurseries and medical clinics.
Sign up for the Stop Hunger Now! meals packing event at Durham Tech, Monday January 20, at http://events.stophungernow.org/Durham
Many individuals in Durham struggle each day to provide enough food for themselves and their families. In recent months, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and local food pantries are seeing unprecedented increases in demand for food. The Durham Branch of the Food Bank has experienced a 29% growth in distribution over the last four years. Additionally, recent computer problems at the N.C. Department of Health and Human Services left many Durham families unable to access the food stamps they depend on, so supplies at local food pantries and soup kitchens were left depleted. They need our help to restock their supplies, so that individuals and families at risk of hunger can continue to be served.
According to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, “over 96,000 individuals are at risk of hunger in the area served by the Durham Branch of the Food Bank. Nearly 30 percent of the people served by the Food Bank’s network are children, and another 8 percent are elderly. 30 percent of the families served are the “working poor,” people who work hard and still have to choose between eating and other basic necessities such as medicine and housing.”
To learn more about the need in Durham County, click here.
The Food Bank Solution:
Established in 1980, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina for over 30 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 800 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through distribution centers in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines) and Wilmington. In fiscal year 2012-2013, the Food Bank distributed nearly 52 million pounds of food and non-food essentials through these agencies.
- The Feeding Durham: Cans 4 Our Community campaign will accept monetary donations and canned goods from December 12, 2013 to January 20, 2014.
- On January 20, 2014, Rotarians will be located outside Durham Technical Community College, 1637 E Lawson St, Durham, NC 27703, and donors are asked to bring canned goods to help support the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and local food pantries. Volunteers from the four Durham Rotary clubs will be available to collect supplies as they arrive.
- In addition, donors may also drop off supplies during normal business hours at any of the collection locations (see, Partners) listed below.
- Financial donations can also be made to the Food Bank from their website at www.foodbankcenc.org/FeedingDurham. Financial contributions will be used to purchase additional food. For every dollar donated, the Food Bank can provide $10 worth of food or five meals.
- Individuals are encouraged to drop off canned goods, and businesses and organizations are encouraged to host their own drives.
At local Kroger Supermarkets:
- Purchase pre-packaged boxes with items most requested by the Food Bank. (The boxes are available in all stores and cost $10.95 each for anyone wishing to have a quick way to donate.)
- Coins can be donated in coin donation boxes at store registers
- Use the drop-off bins to easily donate non-perishable items
Most needed items include:
- Canned Meals: Stews, Soups, Tuna, Ravioli, Lasagna, etc. (Pop-top cans a plus!)
- Peanut Butter, Canned Vegetables
- Grains: Cereal, Rice, Pasta and Dried Beans
- Fruits: Fruit cups, Dried Fruit, Applesauce, 100% Juice and Juice Boxes
- Rice, Pasta and Dried Beans
- Kid-Friendly Items: Granola Bars, Popcorn, Graham or Animal Crackers, Fat-free/Sugar-free Pudding Cups
- Baby Products: Diapers, Wipes, Formula, Infant Cereal
- Hygiene Items: Toothpaste, Feminine Products, Shaving Items, Hand Sanitizer, Soap, etc.
- Paper Products: Toilet Paper, Paper Towels, etc.
(Please – No loose glass and plastic jars of baby food as they will have to be discarded due to health regulations)
Durham Technical Community College Campus Harvest Food Pantry – 1637 Lawson Street, Durham, NC 27703
Durham Rescue Mission – 507 E Knox St, Durham, NC 27701
Urban Ministries of Durham – 410 Liberty St, Durham, NC 27701
- Human Services Campus – Main Lobby – 414 E. Main Street, Durham, NC 27701
- County Administration Building – Lobby – 200 East Main Street, Durham, NC 27701
- Durham County Center – (Cooperative Extension) – 721 Foster St., Durham, NC 27701
- Main Library – 300 N. Roxboro Street, Durham, NC 27701
- East Regional Library – 211 Lick Creek Lane , Durham, NC 27703
- North Regional Library – 221 Milton Road , Durham, NC 27712
- South Regional Library – 4505 S. Alston Road, Durham, NC 27713
- Southwest Regional Library – 3605 Shannon Road , Durham, NC 27707
- 3457 Hillsborough Road, Durham, NC 27705
For more information: Call or email Joyce McKinney – Assistant Governor, Durham area Rotary Clubs; Phone: 919-308-2176; E-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
About Rotary International
Rotary is an organization of business and professional leaders who provide humanitarian service and help to build goodwill and peace in the world. There are 1.2 million Rotary members in 34,000 Rotary clubs in more than 200 countries and geographical areas. Rotary clubs have been serving communities worldwide for more than a century.
Southwest Durham Rotary Club – Meets Thursdays at Hope Valley Country Club – 12:30 PM
Durham Rotary Club – Meets Mondays at the Durham Convention Center – 12:30 PM
North Durham Rotary Club – Meets Tuesdays at Parizade Cafe – 12:30 PM
Durham Sunrise Rotary Club – Meets Thursdays at the Millennium Hotel – 7:00 AM
About Durham County Department of Social Services
The Durham County Department of Social Services invests in the safety and stability of families, elderly, and disabled adults. The agency also invests in meeting basic economic needs, provides access to health care and nutrition to improve health status and helps people to find jobs, develop strong work habits and create a career path.
About Duke University
The mission of Duke University is to provide a superior liberal education to undergraduate students, attending not only to their intellectual growth but also to their development as adults committed to high ethical standards and full participation as leaders in their communities; to prepare future members of the learned professions for lives of skilled and ethical service by providing excellent graduate and professional education; to advance the frontiers of knowledge and contribute boldly to the international community of scholarship; to promote an intellectual environment built on a commitment to free and open inquiry; to help those who suffer, cure disease, and promote health, through sophisticated medical research and thoughtful patient care; to provide wide ranging educational opportunities, on and beyond our campuses, for traditional students, active professionals and life-long learners using the power of information technologies; and to promote a deep appreciation for the range of human difference and potential, a sense of the obligations and rewards of citizenship, and a commitment to learning, freedom and truth.
About North Carolina Central University
The mission of North Carolina Central University is to prepare students academically and professionally to become leaders prepared to advance the consciousness of social responsibility in a diverse, global society. The university will serve its traditional clientele of African-American students; it will also expand its commitment to meet the educational needs of a student body that is diverse in race and other socioeconomic qualities
About Durham Technical Community College
Durham Technical Community College’s mission is to enrich students’ lives and the broader community through teaching, learning, and service.
About Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina for more than 30 years. In fiscal year 2012-2013, the Food Bank distributed nearly 52 million pounds of food and non-food essentials through a network of more than 800 partner agencies.