Nourish NC takes a systematic approach to attacking the widespread issues caused by childhood hunger. Hunger reduction is simply the first step in addressing a larger and more complex problem. Food insecurity is usually caused by poverty and poverty exists for multiple reasons. Our ultimate goal is to teach children life skills that will start them on the road to self-sufficiency.
Backpack Program (Phase 1)
Each week, a team of over 30 volunteers gathers in the Murray Middle School cafeteria to pack individual food bags which kids carry home. Our children are selected by school administrators and social workers. By providing them with nutritious weekend food, we’re helping to reduce food insecurity and care for them during their most formative years. Struggling parents are then able to divert their money to other basic areas like shelter, clothing and medicine. Meeting these needs also helps school administrators and teachers keep their focus on educational goals.
Garden Co-Op (Phase 2)
We understand that when children get hands-on experience in growing their own food, they make healthier eating choices as teens and adults. School community gardens are a great way to educate kids about the connection between good food and good health. This knowledge gives them a head start in life and firsthand information about nutrition, science and ecology. We’re excited to begin the grant writing process for our first school community garden!
Beyond Limits (Phase 3)
Our Beyond Limits program is in the incubation stage and just waiting for the perfect opportunity to launch. This is a combined program of matching trained adult mentors with kids to reach new heights in the areas of physical fitness and personal development.
Stay tuned to this page for exciting updates about our new initiatives!
Our Summer Food Box Sponsorship is underway! Each donation of $90 feeds a child meals and snacks for the summer break. Donations can be made through our paypal link or by mailing a check to our post office box. Our goal is to feed 206 children this summer!