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From Farm to Market to Table and How to Get Involved

Written by Addie Rising    on May 31, 2017
If you drive through parts of Charlotte on a Saturday morning, you’ll spot families strolling up and down aisles going through bins filled with fruits and vegetables from local farms. Charlotte has many farmers markets that pop up from spring through fall to sell produce from area farmers. But, it’s a luxury.

In other parts of Charlotte — areas also void of grocery stores — farmer’s markets are a much newer concept, if at all.

Rosa Parks Farmers Market

In 2016 the Rosa Parks Farmers Market opened on Beatties Ford Road as a fruit and vegetable market created for the community, by the community. Unlike many area farmers markets, Rosa Parks accepts SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, formerly known as food stamps). 

#52tuesdays: #GivingTuesdayCLT By the Numbers

Written by Addie Rising    on May 30, 2017    in
We are at the midway point between last year’s #GivingTuesdayCLT and this year’s campaign and we are SO excited! 

Here’s some numbers to reflect on: 
  • 174 Charlotte nonprofits participated in #GivingTuesdayCLT
  • $7.2 million dollars were collectively raised
  • 3,600 new donors found area nonprofits to support
  • 80 community partners supported the 2016 campaign
  • 69,000 volunteer hours were pledged for 2017 
  • 24 weeks until #GivingTuesdayCLT 2017 begins!

Food Served With Love Changes Lives

Written by Addie Rising    on May 29, 2017    in
By Marty Metzl

While you can find food banks throughout Charlotte, some people who desperately need food simply can’t get to one.
Love in the Name of Christ (Love INC), a Christian nonprofit organization that serves people who are hurting and in need, steps in to fill that void. The organization coordinates volunteers who pick up food from a Loaves & Fishes food pantry and deliver it to clients who are homebound or have no access to transportation.
Cheryl Waymer, Love INC community engagement volunteer, said that volunteering for Love INC doesn’t take much time, and the agency tries to pair volunteers with deliveries near their houses. Clients who receive food have been referred to Love INC by social workers.

Spotlight: Friendship Gardens

Written by Addie Rising    on May 25, 2017    in
At its core and listed right on its website, Friendship Gardens believes everyone should have access to fresh, healthy food. “We teach sustainable food production and grow healthy food for people who need it.” 

Friendship Gardens Urban Farm is located on three acres at Garinger High School in East Charlotte. The Urban Farm Learning Center is focused on producing fresh healthy food, teaching people to feed themselves in a sustainable way, and workforce development through targeted internships and transitional employment.

Urban Farm at Garinger High School

#52tuesdays: Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina

Written by Addie Rising    on May 23, 2017    in
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina is the largest food bank in our area serving a total of 19 counties, including Mecklenburg.

SHFBM provides food to over 700 partner agencies including soup kitchens like Urban Ministry Center, emergency pantries like Loaves & Fishes, homeless shelters like Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and The Salvation Army’s Center of Hope, senior programs, and low-income daycares.

Social Good Charlotte: Deedee Mills | Behailu Academy

Written by Addie Rising    on May 18, 2017

...More than just a program. It’s a village.” - From a poem written and read by Behailu Academy student DeShaun Lynch at the Academy’s Mosaic Awards on April 27.

Through a scoop of chicken salad here and a cup of coffee there, Deedee Mills’ soon-to-be four restaurants are transforming lives as a large funding stream for Behailu Academy, her village.

#52tuesdays: Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council

Written by Addie Rising    on May 16, 2017    in
Did you know that in many of our neighborhoods, more than 1 in 3 families with children regularly experience food insecurity, meaning that they don't always know where their next meal is coming from?

Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy CouncilThe Charlotte-Mecklenburg Food Policy Council (CMFPC) advocates for healthy, sustainable food for all of Mecklenburg County's citizens and works to bring attention to issues like food insecurity and areas of our city without access to fresh fruits and vegetables or full service grocery stores. Over 72,000 Charlotteans live in areas with little or no access to healthy food.

Bottles N Bottoms Feeds Charlotte Babies in Need

Written by Addie Rising    on May 11, 2017
When we think of those who are hungry in Charlotte, we often have pictures of school-aged children or maybe senior citizens. And that’s probably because the image of hungry babies is too much to take.

But one Charlotte woman was all about the babies, and she always has been.  

“As long as I can remember, I’ve always had compassion for babies and as a pharmacist, a passion for their health and wellbeing,” Jolanda Washington said. “I was asked a thought provoking question by my husband, ‘If we had all the money in the world, who would you help?’ My answer without hesitation was ‘babies.’”

What's For Dinner? A Tough Question for Many in Charlotte

Written by Addie Rising    on May 4, 2017
In my house a frequent debate happens over the common question thrown out to my family: “What does everyone want for dinner?”

While an innocent enough question, the reality is the question doesn’t even come up for many in Charlotte. In the state of North Carolina, 1,764,800 people are food insecure. Even more staggering, 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. Almost 1 in 4 (24.6 percent) children in our state do not know where their next meal is coming from. 

#52tuesdays: ANSWER Scholarship

Written by Addie Rising    on May 2, 2017    in
The idea for the ANSWER Scholarship began more than a decade ago in 2006. Founder and Executive Director Susan Andersen was able to put herself through college, in part, because of a four-year partial scholarship that she received from a Charlotte-based organization. Extremely grateful, she vowed to give back one day to the community that believed in her.