Food insecurity grows, Charlotte church distributes fresh food

On Wednesday at Northside Baptist Church, Convoy of Hope delivered a truckload of fruit and vegetables that were distributed to families in the Hidden Valley community and surrounding area.

Convoy of Hope is a faith-based, nonprofit organization with a driving passion to feed the world through children’s feeding initiatives, community outreaches and disaster response.

Northside Baptist Church is working with other nonprofit agencies to help try and alleviate food insecurity during the pandemic, and will be the hands and feet on the ground during the distribution.

“We have seen the great need in our community during the coronavirus pandemic,” said Veronica Washington, community outreach coordinator at Northside Baptist Church. “We hope this can help the burden so many families have right now when they have to decide on how to pay their bills or feed their family.”

Lowe’s Home Improvement showed up early in the morning with a forklift and a smiling forklift driver to unload more than 1,300 boxes of food that will help feed families in need who live in the community.

“It’s important for Lowe’s to be a good neighbor and help in our hometown,” said Mike Green, a Charlotte-area Lowe’s store manager. “We know families in Charlotte continue to be impacted by the pandemic, and are grateful to be able to partner with organizations that are working so hard to assist others.”

“We have a goal of providing 10 million meals,” said Jeff Nene, the national spokesman for Convoy of Hope. “We’ve received overwhelming positivity. Kindness is one of the cornerstones of Convoy of Hope.”

It was a no-contact distribution, and volunteers placed the food items into the truck or vehicle or where directed by the recipient.

The food distribution will continue each Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. through August 26 at Northside Baptist Church, 333 Jeremiah Blvd, Charlotte, NC 28262.

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