Blue Cross NC Commitment Supports A Place at the Table in Raleigh to Help Make Healthy Food Available and Affordable for All
Contribution will provide 20 meals per day for 365 days to those in need
RALEIGH, N.C. (February 6, 2018) – In 2017, nearly one in seven Triangle residents faced limited or uncertain availability of nutritious food. To help address this problem, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina (Blue Cross NC) is supporting A Place at the Table in Raleigh to provide meals to all, regardless of ability to pay.
Blue Cross NC’s contribution to A Place at the Table will provide 20 fresh, healthy meals per day for 365 days to those in need. The contribution will also assist with upfront operational expenses. The donation is one of several that supports local charitable organizations that align with the mission of Thrive NC presented by Blue Cross NC.
“Community support is critical to our mission of providing fresh and healthy food options for all,” said Maggie Kane, A Place at the Table executive director. “People long for a community and a place to feel welcome. We are able to provide that sense of fellowship over food.”
A Place at the Table invites customers to pay what they can for a fresh, healthy meal while experiencing community and conversation in the café. Customers can also volunteer in exchange for their meal. The restaurant is part of the One World Everybody Eats Movement, an umbrella group for the 60 pay-what-you-can cafes across the country. A Place at the Table is the first pay-as-you-can café in the Triangle and the second in North Carolina.
“A Place at the Table’s vision to provide community and healthy food for all aligns with the mission of both Blue Cross NC and Thrive NC,” said Reagan Greene Pruitt, Vice President, Integrated Marketing & Community Engagement of Blue Cross NC. “For North Carolina to thrive, individuals must thrive. Blue Cross NC is honored to support A Place at the Table as it provides healthy food for our community.”
To continue the conversation, Thrive NC will host a series of events aimed at creating meaningful discussion around the state’s food system challenges like maintaining a healthy diet, food insecurity and childhood obesity. Thrive NC’s two-day food festival is scheduled for May 10 and 11 at City Market in Raleigh.