The numbers are alarming. Almost 630,000 North Carolina households don’t have enough to eat. North Carolina has the 8th highest rate of food insecurity in the nation. Almost 1 in 4 CHILDREN (24.6%) faces hunger on a regular basis.
Food insecurity refers to the USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain availability of nutritionally adequate foods. Across North Carolina, children, families and seniors face food insecurity each day.
In August, the members of the Cary-Kildaire Rotary Club launched a monthly service opportunity that will run the entire Rotary year called Spaghetti Sisters and Brothers. The idea is a simple one, each member is encouraged to bring in cans of spaghetti sauce and pasta to club meetings. For those members that may not like to shop, cash donations are also accepted and other club members will do the food shopping. The donations are then delivered to The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
In the first month, Cary-Kildaire collected a total of 275 pounds of food. This is approximately 229 meals that were provided that otherwise would not be available. We would like to encourage other clubs in the District to consider this as a potential service project for their club. Imagine the power Rotary can bring to helping end hunger in our own area.