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Forest Hills Neighborhood Association has an annual holiday fundraiser most Decembers.  The FHNA board selected two of the received nominations for this fundraising.  This page describes one of the two fundraising campaigns.

FHNA will match, up to $2500, the donations to this fundraising campaign.

There are a few ways to donate towards the cause below:

If using any of the above other than the groups.io donations page, please indicate in the memo section that the donation is for Durham Technical Community College.  As a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, your contributions to FHNA are tax-deductible.  Please send an e-mail to fhnadurham.treasurer@gmail.com if you need a receipt for tax purposes.

 

We hope you will consider a gift to the Iglesia Emanuel food pantry.

For about 10 years, Iglesia Emanuel (https://www.emanueldurham.org/ena/Home.html) had been providing a small, weekly food pantry for church members as well as for people living in the Braggtown community near the church on N Roxboro. 

With such an unexpected and large number of people out of work at the beginning of the COVID pandemic, the focus necessarily shifted to providing larger amounts of food to an ever-increasing number of families throughout Durham County. Iglesia Emanuel felt compelled by mission to respond, and so they reached out to friends from other congregations to help ramp up their food pantry program. As a result, we have witnessed the power that comes when caring people join together, working to address critical, basic needs for struggling families. Unfortunately, the pandemic has been followed by continued disruption in the service industries coupled with high inflation for gas, groceries, and rent. The families we serve continue to struggle with making difficult decisions between paying the rent or buying enough nutritious food for their families.

Fifty weeks a year, the Pantry gives boxes of high quality, nutritious foods, including fresh produce and meats along with canned and dry goods such as pasta, rice and beans. Each box distributed includes enough fresh food and staples to supply a well-balanced meal in accordance with USDA standards at least four days per week for as many as 2,000 individuals, or about 600 families. The foods provided are carefully chosen to be both appealing to, healthy and well-balanced for the particular families that make up the clients of the Pantry. Without this food, most of these people would be suffering from hunger and nutritional deficits at least several days of the week. We have continued to work on acquiring culturally-appropriate foods for our clients and educating them on how to use the fresh fruits and vegetables available at affordable prices when in season. You can see a short video of our food distribution efforts that begin on Monday mornings and culminate in the distribution Wednesday afternoon: https://youtu.be/WADDBQj4klo

We have developed a team of over seventy regular volunteers and a network of non-profits aligned with our mission, goals, and strategies. Together, we are able to deliver these nutritious foods with a minimum of overhead and maximal efficiency to make sure that we maximize the impact of our resources towards the goal of feeding and educating the food insecure.

The pantry is focused almost entirely on helping working class and poor families to sustain adequate levels of daily nutrition during a period of extended economic/employment hardship which disproportionately affects the Latin@ and Black/African American populations of Durham. Many of the Latin@ families that we serve are not eligible for unemployment benefits, nor did they receive the stimulus checks issued by the government, leaving them without the support many workers take for granted.

Because of the high demand for quality foods stuffs among our clients, our annual needs for funding amounts to approximately $417,000, part of which is met by donations in kind from organizations such as the NC Food Bank and federal, state, and county sources. However, there remains a continuous need for additional fundraising to enable us to purchase goods to form complete meals when donations in kind fall short. Cash purchases amount to approximately 37% of our annual food budget.

The ending of many of the special COVID related government grant funds coupled with high inflation has put a considerable pinch on the amount of food we are able to distribute each week. It has been heartbreaking to have to, for the first time, turn families away each week for the past month because of these shortfalls. Fundraising support from FHNA would help provide food for a number of weeks and help close this shortfall. If this proposal is accepted by the FHNA board, we would like to set a target goal of $5,000. All of these funds would go directly to buying nutritious foodstuffs from our partner food wholesalers for weekly distribution to our clients.