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‘Urgent’ needs met at our food pantries

Take steps to end local hunger by registering now for the Common Heart Hunger Walk! 

Like so many of her neighbors, especially during this pandemic, “Anna” had never been to a food pantry before when she messaged us this week to ask how she could get food for her children. The need, she said, was “urgent.” She’s working but just can’t keep up with the bills, especially with grocery prices on the rise. She wasn’t worried about her so much, but just wanted to make sure her children had enough to eat.  

You can help ensure that neighbors like “Anna” don’t go hungry by participating in Common Heart’s 5th annual Hunger Walk fundraiser. The event will be held in TWO locations this year (Indian Trail & Marshville) or choose to walk virtually, meaning participants can join in from wherever they’d like anytime on Sunday, March 6. Registration is $25 for adults and $15 for children ages 12 and younger and includes a T-shirt. Participants are encouraged to collect donations from family and friends to help in the effort to feed hungry families. Get all the details and register online: CommonHeartHungerWalk.org

“Whether you join us in person or virtually, you can still take steps to end local hunger,” Executive Director Keith Adams said. “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.”

Due to the pandemic, Common Heart food pantries have seen more families seeking help. In 2021, Common Heart provided groceries to more than 26,500 adults and children, an average of 12 times each. That’s more than 10% of our county’s population who see our pantries as a lifeline!

According to Feeding America, it’s estimated that 1 in 5 children in Union County are food insecure!  

A donation of just $25 to Common Heart provides a week’s worth of groceries for one local family in need. Business sponsorships are also available. For more information, email Kristina.Aquilone@CommonHeart.org.

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