We got a Facebook message recently from “Claire,” saying she had “fallen behind” on bills, and as a single Mom it was “overwhelming” to try to provide for her children, especially with rising prices. She needed food for her family, and thanks to generous volunteers and donations, she was able to get free groceries at one of our food pantries. “What a relief,” she wrote back. “Thanks so much for your help.”
You can help ensure that neighbors like “Claire” don’t go hungry by participating in Common Heart’s 6th annual Hunger Walk fundraiser. The event will be held on Sunday, March 5 and participants can choose from two locations: Indian Trail & Marshville. Registration is $35 for adults and $15 for children ages 12 and younger and includes a T-shirt. New this year is a family discount of $125 for households of 5 or more. New City Church is this year’s Presenting Sponsor.
Participants are encouraged to collect donations from family and friends to help in the effort to feed families challenged by food insecurity. Prizes will be awarded to the top fundraising teams and individuals. Leashed dogs are welcome and free doggy bandanas will be provided by Pressly Animal Hospital, our Bark Zone sponsor. Get all the details and register online: CommonHeartHungerWalk.org.
“The Common Heart Hunger Walk is a great chance to join in solidarity to raise awareness about hunger in our community and raise funds to support our food pantry programs,” Executive Director Keith Adams said. “We’d love to see people from all walks of life and all ages come and join in the fun. This is a great way to engage a group of people – whether from your work, church, organization or family – to work together for a common cause.”
Due to the pandemic and now inflation, Common Heart food pantries have seen many more families seeking help since 2020. In 2022, Common Heart provided 1,354,552 meals to 13,416 people — serving an estimated 50% of the food insecure residents of Union County an average of 5 times each.
According to Feeding America, it’s estimated that in Union County, over 26,500 adults and children are hungry or facing the threat of hunger. That’s 10.7% of the residents of the county. 1 in 5 children in Union County live in homes facing food insecurity.
Common Heart’s food pantries are a lifeline for our hungry neighbors. Each month, about 5,500 individuals are served through 10 pantry programs.
The impact of your donation is great. A donation of just $25 to Common Heart provides a week’s worth of groceries for one local family facing food insecurity.
Business sponsorships are also available. For more information about sponsorships, email PartnerEngagement@CommonHeart.org or call Elizabeth Carpenton at: (704)815-4681.