Community Council Recap: October 1st

Our Community Council meeting last week on October 1st was a special one. We said goodbye to Ruth Pruitt who has been with United Way of Alamance County for 19 years! She is starting a new position with Vocational Rehabilitation and though we are sad to see her go, we wish her the best in her next adventure! 98 attendees representing various non-profits and government agencies helped us in congratulating Ruth and celebrating all she has done for United Way and the community.

Our five-minute spot was a presentation by Tracy Salisbury, the Executive Director of Open Door Clinic. She spoke about the NCCARE360 task force being led by Cone Health in order to push for the on-boarding of agencies. Taylor Jones with Healthy Communities is going to be organizing in-person training sessions with the Unite Us staff (the software company that designed NCCARE360). Agencies that are not on the system should be on the lookout for upcoming dates once they are determined.

Our key-note speaker was a panel and the topic was food insecurity in Alamance County. Our panelists were Polly Tinnin with Melfield United Church of Christ, Jai Baker with Allied Churches and Claire Haslam with the Alamance Food Collaborative as well as The Eddy Pub. Each speaker discussed the organization(s) they are affiliated with and their connection to food.

Food insecurity and access to healthy foods is something each of these panelists see every day in their work. Melfield United Church of Christ provides groceries weekly for families in need and Allied Churches of Alamance County serves lunch and dinner Monday-Friday. The Eddy Pub sources their food from local farmers which in turn is helping to create a sustainable food system. The Alamance Food Collaborative is working towards a stronger food system, which can be seen through the two Farmers’ Markets in Elon and North Park. The panel ended with the group discussing the link between systemic racism and how that affects one’s ability to access food.

Thank you to all who attended and we look forward to seeing everyone next month! For more information on Community Council, visit here.