When was the last time you were hungry?

Published 6:27 pm Thursday, September 6, 2018

When was the last time you were hungry? Not the slight discomfort that comes with missing breakfast, but honestly and truly hungry?

Hunger is a daily constant for every human being, and according to the nonprofit Feeding America, more than 7,000 people in Beaufort County are living in a state of food insecurity.

September marks Hunger Action Month nationwide, and locally there are plenty of ways to help address hunger in our community.

How you can help:

  • Every week, patrons line up at Eagle’s Wings food Pantry for an opportunity to get wholesome, nutritious meals for their children. Consider making a donation, either of nutritious foods or money to support the organization’s mission.
  • Volunteer with or support Zion Shelter and Kitchen. Offering meals to the hungry and shelter for the homeless throughout the year, this organization is a strong advocate for those who might otherwise go without.
  • Support Food Bank of the Albemarle, the regional food bank that serves 15 counties in northeastern North Carolina, including Beaufort County. Local pantries can purchase food from Food Bank of the Albemarle at a deeply discounted rate, providing meals for thousands of people every year.
  • Consider supporting a pair of little free pantries at Washington First Christian Church and Rachel K’s Bakery. Donations of non-perishable foods can be dropped off at either location 24/7.
  • Go out to eat next week. In partnership with Food Bank of the Albemarle and CresCom Bank, a number of local restaurants will participate in the annual Dine Out to Help Out Fundraiser on Tuesday. Participating businesses have agreed to donate 10 percent of their daily proceeds to the food bank.

Whatever your means, and whatever your schedule, there is always something you can do to help others. Let’s all do our part to make sure no one goes hungry in Beaufort County.