From correspondent Elizabeth Shestak
With so much amazing food to choose from in Durham, we can forget that lots of North Carolinians face hunger every day - 1 in 7, to be exact. The need has gone up in the last few years, and the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics is trying to help.
The school is attempting to set a Guinness world record by collecting 550,000 pounds of non-perishable food on March 5. This will help the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina feed the 500,000 people in the state who aren't getting adequate nutrition on their own (that's like feeding the number of people who can sit in Carter Finley Football Stadium eight times a day!)
Here's how you can help NCSSM meet this goal, put Durham on the global map of do-gooderness, and feed a lot of folks:
- Donate food – You can bring food before March 5 to certain sites, such as Brogden Middle School. Or contributedirectly at the school on March 5th. (Partners will bring the food to NCSSM later in the day.)
- Donate online – Visit www.foodbankcenc.org/VFD_NCSSM and make a secure online donation. For every dollar you donate we can purchase 2.5 pounds of food.
- Transport food – Serve as a collection site for food donations or pick up non-perishable food from partner sites the day of the event.
- Become a sponsor – Several giving levels and benefits packages are available. Contact Sue Anne Lewis at 919-416-2814 or NCSSMFoodDrive@gmail.com for additional information about benefits such as your name listed on the official Food Drive T-shirt, sponsorship promotion on the Food Drive website, a shout out on Facebook, etc.