Community Partner Spotlight: SAFE
Southern Alamance Family Empowerment (SAFE) Food Pantry is based in Graham and serves to end hunger in the community through strengthening families. Any individual or family is welcome to speak with a volunteer and go through a needs assessment. Relationships are a driving force for SAFE and allow for individuals to feel comfortable identifying their needs and being referred properly to outside agencies.
Since 2013, SAFE has been serving families almost every Tuesday and Saturday. On any of those days, around 20 different families are served in some capacity. While some families need monthly assistance, others may come only once or twice to get through a difficult time.
We were able to visit the Summer Meals Program and see the impact they are making on school-age children who in the summer, may not have access to three meals a day. Around 55% of children in Alamance County are eligible for free/reduced school lunch which can affect their access to food during the summer months. Weekly boxes with breakfast, lunch and snack items are provided to students. Children all over Alamance are being served through this program with the intent to promote financial stability among families.
SAFE collaborated with Sylvan, Alexander Wilson and B. Everett Jordan (BEJ) Elementary Schools to sign up participants for their Summer Meals Program. BEJ provides a packing and storing place for families to pick up the weekly boxes.
We know how interconnected health, financial stability and education are and SAFE is a great example of an organization connecting those drivers here in Alamance County!
To learn more, visit the SAFE website here.