GREENSBORO, N.C. -- WFMY News 2's Food 2 Families drive launches this weekend, during a time in which many Triad families are struggling to put food on the table.
Several organizations across the Triad attribute food shortages to power outages caused by this month's inclement weather, as well as higher heating costs and a continued food stamp backlog. Additionally, on days in which schools cancel, students who are in the free and reduced lunch program are unable to get those meals.
Reverend Mike Aiken,executive director of Greensboro Urban Ministry, said the need for food assistance is so great that even the Food 2 Families drive goal of 100,000 pounds of food will not last longer than one or two months.
Darrell Campbell, Greensboro Urban Ministry head chef, said he knows firsthand how critical food donations are to sustain local organizations. He said Urban Ministry feeds more than 500 families per week, and that number has increased in recent weeks. Campbell, who was homeless for more than 25 years while combating drug and alcohol addictions, said he knows the feeling of desperation from families who might know when their next meal will come.
Well Spring is the lead sponsor of WFMY News 2 Food 2 Families. Well Spring residents and staff are leading the volunteer efforts by staffing drop-off carts at participating grocery stores. "The people who are most generous are the people who have been through tough times, themselves," said Well Spring resident and former Guilford College president Dr. Bill Rogers.
People are encouraged to donate to their local food banks/pantries or homeless shelters, as the need for food is widespread throughout the Triad. The Food 2 Families drive is only in the following Greensboro grocery store locations:
- Lowes Food - March 28-29
- Harris Teeter, Sams Club, Whole Foods - April 4-5
- Food Lion - April 5
Suggested donation items are non-perishable food and toiletries. Find a list here.