There is no denying that these are difficult times for many Carolina families. The coronavirus pandemic has caused thousands of people to lose their jobs or suffer cuts in income and cannot make ends meet.
With all of this, many families have to make the decision to buy food or pay rent.
Through a community collaboration between WSOC-TV, the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department Community Engagement, and the Northside Baptist Church, a delivery of 2,652 pounds of baby food and snacks was delivered during the 9 community food drive day.
“The greatest need that we have seen in light of the pandemic has been the need for food,” said Michael Landrum, pastor of Northside Baptist Church. “Food is such a heavy need. We have had this partnership for quite some time with the WSOC and CMPD and we were able to collect food and we wanted to help and give back.
Police officers and police cadets helped church members unload more than 6,000 servings of baby food.
“It’s heartwarming to be able to give back,” said Kenisha Mobley, a Charlotte-Mecklenburg police officer.
When Mobley was patrolling the streets, she said she encountered young and old people stealing from grocery stores because they were hungry and couldn’t afford food.
“I would see the need over and over again,” Mobley said. “So now we are able to give back and help those in need. “
For the past 16 years, WSOC-TV and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina have partnered to end hunger in the region through the 9 Food collection.
Food bank partner agencies report that requests for food aid have continued to increase at a rapid rate.
The unintended effect of the coronavirus has led to significant changes in the way food donations can be collected and distributed.
“As you live together as a community and help each other, it really starts to have an impact for everyone around us,” Landrum said. “As we help each other and live together, we are really able to help those in need and food drive is one way to do it. “
You too can help by donating canned or non-perishable food now at any Arby’s, Ashley HomeStore or ER Services.
Because the food bank provides food and essential groceries to hundreds of agencies, a monetary donation helps all of these organizations. For every dollar the food bank receives, it distributes seven pounds of food. You can donate now by clicking on this link.
If you have an inspiring story to share, email Kevin Campbell, Public Affairs Manager for WSOC-TV / WAXN-TV / Telemundo Charlotte, at [email protected].
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