Camp Out for Hunger Food Drive

Camp Out for Hunger Food Drive

Help Deep River Friends & Hand to Hand Food Pantry feed families this holiday season

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Deep River Friends Meeting is hosting the “Camp Out for Hunger” food drive Nov. 13-17 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.

Help Deep River Friends Meeting and Hand to Hand Pantry feed families in need this holiday season by bringing donations to Deep River Friends Meeting (5300 West Wendover Avenue in High Point) Nov. 13-17 from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Deep River Friends Meeting has a goal to collect at least 2,500 pounds NEW GOAL to collect at least 5,000 pounds NEW NEW GOAL to collect 7,500 pounds of food and other items during the campout.

Help us reach our goal. Check our progress each day below:

7,635.2 pounds of 7,500 pounds collected: 102%

Hunger is an issue that has significant impacts here in Guilford County. In 2015-16, 19 percent (95,080) of residents were food insecure, according to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC. 23 percent (26,490) of children here were food insecure.

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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From David Smith, the “Camp Out for Hunger Food Drive” organizer:

I have had this on my heart for a while since moving to North Carolina and the last few months the Lord has been pressing me more and more to find a way to do His work about it. There is no doubt there is tremendous kindness and generosity in the Triad area. I feel, however, that it is not surprising given the tremendous needs so many of the people who live here have.

We all know hunger is a problem everywhere in the world. Growing up just outside of Philadelphia I saw this plenty and I saw the kindness of those working to feed the ones in need. It struck me whenever I saw it up there how bad it was, but it hit me even harder as I learned the problem is so much more dire here in North Carolina. I have struggled with how I could make a difference larger than just a few cans or dollars here and there. I feel now I have that answer.

Back in Philadelphia, there is a radio station (93.3 WMMR) that for years has held an annual food drive “Camp out for Hunger” for the region’s main food pantry. It has grown each year exponentially. Last year alone they collected 1.3 million pounds of non-perishable food. This has inspired me as I listen each year, but this year I say, why not here? Why not High Point?

So I am asking for your help to join me in my effort to pack Hand to Hand to the roof this Holiday season. Even if all you can do is help get the word out around town to bring us food that will be more than enough. I truly believe hunger is a problem we can solve but it will take each of us working together diligently to get there. My family has personally been blessed by Deep River Friends kindness and generosity and I want to share that with the rest of the world. I think right down the street at Hand to Hand is a great place to start. I love you all and look forward to your thoughts and ideas to help make this vision of God’s love real.

For more information, please email David Smith.