United Way Hosts Food Pantry Round-Table
Yesterday, United Way had the privilege of hosting a food pantry round-table with the pantries that receive food from the Second Harvest Food Bank in Winston Salem. We heard organizational updates from each of the pantries and discussion on how to increase communication amongst the different pantries. It was noted some pantries experience excess food deliveries and would like to pass it along to others to be distributed so it does not go to waste. We also discussed other community feeding initiatives such as the YMCA Feeding Program and Breakfast After the Bell at ABSS. Food insecurity is felt all around the county and it’s important to recognize the different initiatives working to combat this issue.
Crystal Redd with Second Harvest Food Bank presented data that was pulled from the Link2Feed system that all pantries receiving food from Second Harvest must use. In the last year, 2.2 million pounds of food were distributed which equates to roughly $3.5 million worth of food. Around 12,000 individuals were served and a little over 50% only visited a pantry 1-2 times. Crystal said is it important to dispel the myth that a majority of the utilizers of pantries are jumping from pantry to pantry.
We were also able to share with the pantries information on NCCARE360 and the benefits of using the online platform. Each pantry consults with the client in order to enter them into their system, Link2Feed. During that consultation, individuals may divulge information and the pantry can subsequently refer them to services they may need. They were informed of the upcoming training at Impact Alamance on November 19th.
It was exciting to be a part of this conversation and be a convener for these food pantries that are doing amazing work in Alamance County!