Battle Food Insecurity in Durham at the West End Mobile Market

Battle Food Insecurity in Durham at the West End Mobile Market

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As a nonprofit organization, we at The West End Community Foundation strongly believe in the importance of giving back and making a difference in our local community.

In addition to charitable events and fundraisers that we host to raise funds for resources at the Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park, every third Saturday of the month, our organization partners with the Interfaith Food Shuttle, Morehead Baptist Church, City of Joy Ministries, Mount Vernon Baptist Church and other community organizations to host the West End Mobile Market at Duke Memorial United Methodist Church.

The West End Mobile Market is a service that offers free food, including fresh fruits and vegetables, to individuals and families battling food insecurity.

Read on to discover why there is a need for this monthly event, and also to discover how you can get involved.

Fast Facts about Food Insecurity in North Carolina:

  • North Carolina has one the highest percentages in the United States of children under 18 years of age who are food insecure on a regular basis – in North Carolina, that’s over 1 in 4 (26.1%).
  • Between 2010 and 2015, North Carolina has regularly ranked among the top ten states with the highest percentage of citizens experiencing food shortages.
  • Approximately 160,000 different people in North Carolina receive emergency food assistance in any given week. This is equivalent to feeding nearly every resident of Asheville, Chapel Hill and Elizabeth City each week.
  • North Carolina ranks in the ten worst states in the percentage of children under 18 who are lacking food on a regular basis
  • 81% of North Carolina households receiving food assistance don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
  • 36% of food pantries in North Carolina have had to turn people away for a lack of food to give them.
  • 73% of food insecure households in North Carolina have to choose between paying for food or paying for healthcare or medicine

Source: NC Food Banks

How to Get Involved with West End Mobile Market:

Anyone over the age of 14 can volunteer with the Mobile Market. Volunteer duties include unloading the truck, assisting people with their packages of food, distributing food to individuals, packing sick & shut-in boxes, maintaining line control, setup, clean up, checking in volunteers and more.

All volunteers must first go through a simple food handling and preparation orientation. Each orientation is held at the Community Family Life & Recreation Center at Lyon Park on the third Thursday of each month, from 6:30 – 7:30 PM.

To reserve a spot in our next orientation on June 16, call us at 919-536-4200. Please send all inquiries about volunteering to Catherine Prince admin@thewecf.org.