North Carolina restaurants and hotels provide jobs for more than 550,000 or our state’s citizens which comprises 13% of our state’s workforce. With the COVID-19 pandemic resulting in the shutdown of in-house dining, travel and lodging stays, the majority of the hospitality workforce has lost their jobs, their income, their entire livelihood through no fault of their own. The goal of the NC Restaurant Workers Relief fund is to provide immediate financial assistance to the tens of thousands of cooks, servers, dishwashers, housekeepers, and others who live paycheck-to-paycheck, and suddenly find themselves in distress.
TABLE provides hunger relief and nutrition education services to preschool, elementary, middle and high school children living in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and neighboring Orange County communities. Through its programs, TABLE brings together college students and community volunteers to provide children with healthy, fresh food and to teach them valuable nutrition skills that can help them lead healthier lives.
Farmer Foodshare, a non-profit organization based in Durham, reshapes the disconnected food system by removing barriers to growing and accessing local food. Operating through the lenses of food sovereignty, food distribution and food education, Farmer Foodshare creates markets for North Carolina family farmers to sell more of what they grow and enables communities across the state to access fresh, nutritious food.
Urban Ministries of Durham connects with the community to end homelessness and fight poverty by offering food, shelter and a future to neighbors in need. Thanks to generous donors and some 4,000 volunteers, the program helps more than 6,000 individuals annually through its community shelter, community cafe, food pantry and clothing closet.
Urban Ministries of Wake County is approaching its 40th year of service to our community. UMWC runs the county’s largest client-choice food pantry, the largest shelter for adult women experiencing homelessness, and the only charitable clinic with its own licensed, onsite pharmacy.