When local Modern Woodmen of America representatives learned that 18.6 percent of households in North Carolina experience hunger or are considered at-risk, they sought to make a difference.
Jack H. Whitley, regional director for Modern Woodmen, organized a meal-packing event with the representatives and their families.
“It was truly shocking to learn of the food insecurity in North Carolina,” said Whitley. “We’re excited to do our part to end hunger in our community.”
The event, which took place on June 26 at Pinewood Country Club, supports Modern Woodmen’s Knock Out Hunger campaign, a national effort to prepare and donate 500,000 meals throughout the country.
Whitley’s event produced 15,000 meals, which have been donated to several area food pantries, including Foundation of Jesus Christ Deliverance Temple Outreach Food Bank, Ellerbe, as well as food banks in Clemmons, Winston-Salem, Concord, Stanfield, Asheboro, Greensboro, Burlington and High Point.
“This is such an important project — I hope it drives others to contribute to their local food pantries and shelters,” said Whitley.