5 months ago, when Durham Public Schools ended their meal service and Durham Neighbors Free Lunch Initiative was born, I was asked "what was my inspiration for helping to start this initiative." There are 11,380 food-insecure children in Durham, with a food insecurity rate of 17.3%. As a recent Highschool graduate, I would sit in class and when the lunch bell rang, I saw fellow students dash down the halls to the lunchroom, not because they didn't want to learn or do work, but because that was 1 of 2 meals they may have gotten that day and that is why I helped jump-start this initiative and that is why we need this initiative to keep going.
It is the support of community members like you that make this initiative possible, you are actively helping heal Durham in this time of crisis, so thank you. Your support, donations, social media shout outs, and more have helped serve over 20,000 meals to public school students and families, laid-off workers, the homeless, and others that have just fallen on hard times. Your constant support has also helped with giving living wage checks to 9 amazing Geer St. Garden staff, who have been making 200 meals a day.
“Part of being a person is about helping others”
Co-Founder Durham Neighbors Free Lunch Initiative
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