University of Florida alumni raise money for Charlotte food bank

University of Florida alumni raise money for Charlotte food bank

Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina has seen a spike in requests for food assistance.

For the month of May, the Charlotte Gator Club is raising funds to help the food bank feed families in need.

“We know that working with them [Second Harvest] will have a big impact on the Charlotte metro area,” said Jonathan May, president of Charlotte Gator Club.

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The Charlotte Gator Club is a group of University of Florida alumni, students and friends who now reside in Charlotte and surrounding areas.

The virtual fundraiser is part of the university’s alumni association community service initiative, International Gator Month.

“This particular event will bring together the gator clubs and affiliate groups from around the United States, and even the world,” May said. “We’re all in this together.”

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Within the next 30 days, Second Harvest will be packing tens of thousands of food boxes to be distributed by over 800 agencies to families in need across 24 counties.

For the past 15 years, WSOC-TV and Second Harvest have partnered to end area hunger through the 9 Food Drive. One unforeseen effect of the coronavirus has been significant changes to how food donations can be collected and distributed.

This year, the 9 Food Drive campaign is transitioning to a virtual food drive and will only accept online monetary donations. Funds donated will help the food bank purchase staple grocery items to continue packing food boxes.

These boxes will help feed families whose children are missing school meals, seniors being asked to stay safely in their homes, those in need of food while quarantined and employees in our community being affected by decreased work hours. The number of struggling families continues to increase, along with their need for food.

Second Harvest has a donation program in place with different levels of giving. Donors can equate their monetary donation to what can be supplied by the food bank.

Here are some of the giving levels:

  • Donating $7 will help provide a food backpack for children missing school meals.
  • Donating $13 will help provide a food box of 12 to 13 healthy staple items.
  • Donating $25 will help provide a seven-day nutritionally balanced food box.

Food boxes are filled with a variety of items such as peanut butter, cereal, fruit and vegetables. Each box varies, depending on what items the food bank can purchase.