Local Teens Collect Nearly 4,000 Pounds of Food for Western Wake Crisis Ministry
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Photo courtesy of Emily Kustka
Front Porch Leaders, a student-led nonprofit organization, helped organize a food relief effort in Wake County that acquired nearly 4,000 pounds of food for Western Wake Crisis Ministry in December. The effort helped feed hundreds of Apex residents going through a crisis situation during the holiday season.
Front Porch Leaders was founded in 2016 by Wake County teen Emily Kustka. She and nine other Wake County students conducted the food drive over a period of two weeks in three Cary neighborhoods: Highcroft, The Reserve and Cary Park. To gather awareness, the group wrote a letter to the neighborhoods’ residents describing the effort and delivered it to each home. They also secured paper bag donations from Harris Teeter and distributed them throughout the neighborhoods before Thanksgiving. Residents then generously dropped off their food donations at Western Wake Crisis Ministry on Dec. 8.
“This food will impact hundreds of individuals, families with children, elderly adults living on a fixed income and others who need a little help to get by,” says Beth Bordeaux, executive director of the Western Wake Crisis Ministry. “Emily’s vision is for helping but also for creating leadership among other students. Together they are changing the world by seeing a need, caring enough and then doing something about it.”
Learn more at wwcm.org.