H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem is a new nonprofit, community-wide interfaith effort to bring nutritious meals to children aged 0-18 in their own neighborhoods on Sundays, the one day not covered by the federal lunch program or the backpack program.
Winston-Salem has been in the top cities in the U.S. for several years for hunger in families with children. North Carolina and Louisiana are the worst states in the U.S. this year for hunger in children less than five years old. Malnutrition and obesity are affecting the health and schoolwork of our children. It’s time to change that!
Nutritious food will be bought by H.O.P.E. and meals will then be assembled by faith groups and college organizations and delivered via a large brightly colored truck with music, much like an ice cream truck. Sites will be located in food deserts and poverty areas in Forsyth County. Athletes from WFU and WSSU will be handing out the lunches; faith groups will supervise the children as they eat.
Produce will be collected from community gardens, farmers’ markets and grocery stores, will be bagged with recipes attached and given to adults in an effort to change eating habits in families and therefore improve health.
Faith groups can help in several ways:
- Volunteer to assemble the lunches. It will take 4 people less than an hour to make 100 lunches. This can be done at your own church on Saturday or Sunday or at the Loaves and Fishes building on 5th St. across from the central library.
- Pay for some of the lunches. It’s a dollar a lunch! If 100 faith groups pay for 100 lunches each month (that’s only $25 a week), we can feed 10,000 children each month.
- Do a fundraiser. Donate. Donations are tax-deductible (send to The Winston-Salem Foundation with a notation that it is for H.O.P.E. until our 501(c)(3) goes through).
- Be a site for delivery. Contact H.O.P.E. to talk about it.
- Plant Rows of H.O.P.E. in your garden next spring and donate that produce.
Together… with a small effort from many, we can make a huge difference for those who are hungry in our community.
For more information, visit www.hopews.org