Your community needs you!
Durham Public Schools is providing its final meal distribution on Monday, April 6.
These students and many of their families need food. Our homeless population is struggling more than ever to access food as restaurants and volunteer groups limit their hours, and the public becomes more reluctant to give. Thousands of workers, particularly in the service and restaurant industry, are currently laid off. The need is urgent, and the time to act is now.
In response, the Durham Neighbors Free Lunch Initiative was born. Its goal is to provide contactless FREE meals, Monday-Friday, through our local restaurant partner Geer Street Garden. These meals will be made with local ingredients, prepared by workers paid a living wage, and given to anyone who needs them, no questions asked.
As a starting point, we will provide 100 meals per day, 5 days per week (Monday - Friday 10am-2pm), from April 9 - May 15. As the need calls, we are prepared to adapt this plan.
The initiative addresses the following 3 issues:
We take the health and safety of the workers, volunteers, and public very seriously. All operations will be following or superseding the recommendations of medical health authorities. All workers, organizers, and volunteers will go through a verbal health check in and have their temperature taken before beginning shifts. All workers, organizers, and volunteers will use recommended PPE (personal protective equipment) during operations, including face masks, gloves, and approved cleaning materials. Meals will be served in a “contactless” fashion and physical distancing of at least 6 feet will be in place.
This is a grassroots, community supported, direct action food program. We feel strongly that the time to take action on hunger is right now, so we will begin serving meals this week at Geer Street Garden. Those that need food may have it, and those that can pay for their meals are welcome to. If you are able to give more than the cost of your meal, that pays for the next person. Until all are fed.
HOW YOU CAN HELP:
In an amazing show of community solidarity, we reached our initial GoFundMe goal of $15,000 in only two days. This will fund our initiative for the first 2 weeks, providing 100 free meals a day. In order to continue the Initiative for the full 6 weeks, and expand the amount of meals we're able to produce, we need you to keep on giving. At this point, these donations are NOT tax deductible, although we are working to find a non-profit sponsor to provide tax deductible donations. In the meantime - the need cannot wait. Please give a gift of any amount you can, share our campaign, and let us know how we can help your community. GoFundMe link: https://www.gofundme.com/f/durham-neighbors-free-lunch-initiative?utm_source=customer&utm_medium=copy_link-tip&utm_campaign=p_cp+share-sheet
We are also in need of volunteers to help with various aspects of the Initiative, if you'd like to get involved please contact us.
Solidarity, not charity.
Elijah King, Founder of Youth NXT, Student activist
Grant Ruhlman, local business owner, Homebucha Kombucha
George O'Neal, local farmer, Lil Farm
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