A virtual panel discussing how we are Living United to address food insecurity across the greater Cape Fear region.
Wilmington, NC. (February 19, 2020): On Tuesday, March 9, 2021, United Way of the Cape Fear Area will be hosting a livestream panel discussion on how a few of its local partner agencies are addressing the prominent effects of the Coronavirus on food insecurity.
The definition of “food insecure” is simple according to Beth Gaglione, Branch Director of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina:
“If I were to ask you, if you know where your next meal is coming from — and if your answer is ‘I’m not sure,’ or ‘I don’t know’ — then you’re food insecure.”Beth Gaglione, Branch Director of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
In the past year, United Way of the Cape Fear Area provided over 843,500 meals to families across the region. Non-profit community agencies such as Matthew’s Ministry, Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, NourishNC, Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard, The Salvation Army, Good Shepherd Center, Columbus Baptist Association, Pender County Christian Services and Brunswick Family Assistance, provide those meals through the unique programs they organize for the families and neighbors of our community.
Pre-pandemic, it was estimated that a little over 67,000 adults and children in Brunswick, New Hanover, Pender, and Columbus counties were food insecure. Since the pandemic, and based on unemployment and poverty rates, the estimates of that number are now just under 94,000.
United, We Feed is a virtual panel discussion highlighting a few of our agency partners on how we are uniting to fight against food insecurity, despite the challenges presented by the Coronavirus Pandemic. Special guest panelists include:
- Beth Gaglione, Branch Director of Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
- Jane Radack, Vice President of Mother Hubbard’s Cupboard
- Steve McCrossan, Executive Director of NourishNC
Presented by Ancient Arbor Productions, this panel discussion will be presented as a live stream event. To join the virtual event, individuals can visit www.uwcfa.org to watch live on Tuesday, March 9, 2021, or register on social media by vising United Way of the Cape Fear Area’s Facebook page (@UnitedWayCapeFear).
About United Way of the Cape Fear Area: United Way of the Cape Fear Area (UWCFA) is a local, independently operated 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. United Way of the Cape Fear Area’s mission is to work with our community to leverages resources to improve the lives of local people. For more information, please visit www.uwcfa.org.