Connor Sechrist answered the call to fight hunger in our community
Connor, a student at East Davidson High School, felt compelled to design his Eagle Scout project to fight the hunger epidemic our community faces daily. 1 in 3 children in Davidson County is food insecure. They don't know where their next meal is coming from. Connor felt this is unacceptable and decided he was going to let his community know how prevalent hunger is on our county.
Connor started his food drive with a home football game at East Davidson. Then he continued to spread the food drive to Brown Middle and several area elementary schools. All of his diligent work paid off by collecting almost 1500 pounds of food for FGFRC food pantry. That is the equivalent of 1250 meals for the hungry families in the Thomasville area.
Connor, a member of Troop 57, has completed 7 ranks of Boy Scouts to become an Eagle Scout. We are all so proud of this young man and appreciate his compassion for helping the hungry.
Walmart announced the winners. We placed 4th in the country. This is an outstanding achievement and we couldn't have accomplished this without each and every one of you. $20,000 will help us make tremendous strides in eliminating hunger and we are delighted we were chosen as a finalist and thanks to all of you a winner of $20,000.
Higher demand for heating assistance in Davidson County
Posted 10:35 pm, October 30, 2014, by Kim Wynne
THOMASVILLE, N.C. - Every year when the weather starts to get colder, Leigh Thompson finds herself making the same tough choices. "Do we buy shampoo and paper towels and toilet paper?" Thompson asked. Thompson is a single mother with three children and gets by on disability checks. She has rheumatoid arthritis and diabetes and can't work. "When you have to raise three kids on $691 a month, it gets a little tight," Thompson said. It gets even tighter during the winter, when about a third of that money goes towards heating her mobile home. Thompson, like hundreds of others in Davidson County, struggling to make ends meet, will be applying to the heating assistance program at Fairgrove Family Resource Center in Thomasville. It's a program Executive Director Terri Fisher says is already seeing more demand. "Every year we see more and more people need assistance," Fisher said. The nonprofit normally gets $2,200 dollars a month from United Way. It's enough to help about 50 low-income families pay utility bills. But with calls already coming in for help this winter along with the group losing a FEMA grant, Fisher fears she may have to turn some families away. "Our pot of money is hitting bottom, long before it needs to," she said. The Salvation Army of Forsyth County expects a 20 percent increase in people needing heating assistance this year. Guilford County Department of Social Services expects a 10 to 15 percent jump. "It's just something you have to brace yourself for," Fisher said. Fisher says she'll be working hard, trying to drum up donations and other grants to fill in the gap. It's a helping hand people like Thompson are grateful for. "It's nice to have this option to rely on," Thompson said. Applications for the heating assistance program through the Forsyth County Salvation Army will be accepted starting Dec. 1.
The entire staff at the center is so helpful. Each one really wants to help. Terri made the process easy and made sure that our dignity was intact. Thank you so much for helping us in our time of need!
NC Now | Hunger Action Month | UNC,TV
September is Hunger Action Month, a national initiative to help raise awareness for the needs at food banks across the country. Here in North Carolina many are rolling up their sleeves across the state to make a difference in their communities for hungry people. Heather Burgiss shows us how these actions are getting people to think about how they can help put food on someone's table.
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I am very grateful for the service and programs provided by Fairgrove Family Resource Center. They have provided my family with invaluable information that benefits us in so many ways. I think many families I know would benefit from taking parenting classes.