Help Deep River Friends Meeting feed families this holiday season
Deep River Friends Meeting is hosting the “Camp Out for Hunger” food drive Nov. 16-21 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. to benefit Hand to Hand Food Pantry. Members and friends plan to camp out daily to collect donations to help feed families this holiday season.
The year’s event is in partnership with the Greater High Point Food Alliance and coincides with National Hunger and Homelessness Awareness Week. Community members who wish to donate are encouraged to bring their items to Deep River Friends Meeting (5300 West Wendover Avenue) Nov. 18-23 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Deep River’s goal is to collect at least 10,000 pounds of food. Since 2017, Deep River Friends Meeting has collected more than 31,500 pounds of food for Hand to Hand Food Pantry.
Help us reach our goal. Check our progress each day below:
Here’s a list of the most-needed items:
- Non-perishable canned goods (single-serve pop-tops preferred)
- Toiletries – toilet paper, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, etc.
- Pet items – canned food, dry food, cat litter, etc.
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Click here to sign up for volunteer opportunities with Camp out for Hunger. We need your help collecting and sorting food between Monday, Nov. 16 to Saturday, Nov. 22.
Donate to Camp Out for Hunger Food Drive
Unable to bring donations to Deep River? Now you can give financially. $1 = 1 pound of food. Use the secure form below to give to the food drive and we’ll purchase food for Hand to Hand Food Pantry for you.
Letter from event organizer David Smith
This year I am pleased to announce we are expanding our efforts. High Point has made great strides in the last few years improving communities struggling with food insecurity but the work is not done. Thanks to organizations like the Greater High Point Food Alliance, who we are very excited to partner with this year, the passion of individuals, and direct community engagement we are moving toward ways to lift those in need up and sustain our city as a place for all to flourish.
We have an ambitious goal to raise 25,000lbs of food to stock up 4 local pantries. We are continuing to support Deep River Friends Meeting’s local pantry partner Hand to Hand Pantry and are adding the pantry at Triad Health Project in High Point, High Point LEAP’s pantry, and the Burns Hill Community Food Pantry. Each of these supports some of our most at need neighbors with more than just food. I have had the privilege of learning more about each of these groups from the people doing the work each day and encourage you to visit them yourself to find out how you can get involved.
I have probably said the word community a few too many times already but I cannot say enough how important it is that we are not just looking for ways to give but engage, some times in ways that may be uncomfortable for us, to know our neighbors and find out how they are in need and how they envision solutions to their current situation. Every problem can be improved by a few people recognizing it, making and enacting a plan to solve it. However, this rarely brings sustained healing, that comes when we recognize a problem and not only become passionate about finding a solution but we become a part of the community affected. When we have intentional conversations that involve more questions than answers, and more listening than talking we create avenues that empower and inspire those who are blessed and those who need a blessing.
This year take a deeper look at what it means to be a part of the Camp Out for Hunger. It’s not just about bringing cans to a place to help someone in need. It’s about finding your spot and becoming part of your street, school, church, place of work, your city and getting to know your neighbors. Camp out and find understanding, find the things that make us all the same, find friends. As friends, we can give and take from one another without judgment, pride or shame and we can make one another flourish.
Thank you and God bless,
David J. Smith
2019 Camp Out for Hunger Food Drive
In 2019, Deep River Friends Meeting collected 14,000 pounds of food to benefit Hand to Hand Food Pantry in High Point.
2018 Camp Out for Hunger Food Drive
In 2018, Deep River Friends Meeting collected 10,119.63 pounds of food to benefit Hand to Hand Food Pantry in High Point, which exceeded its original goal of 10,000 pounds.
2017 Camp Out for Hunger Food Drive
In 2017, Deep River Friends Meeting collected 7,635.2 pounds of food to benefit Hand to Hand Food Pantry in High Point, which exceeded its original goal of 2,500 pounds.