Shop at Raleigh Farmers Market to Help Feed Hungry Families
Triangle-area farmers and residents will be teaming up this Wednesday to help feed hungry folks in our area during a special event that lets families get involved in solving a community problem while buying fresh produce.
The hunger relief event, called the "Farmer Foodshare Challenge," will take place at the Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market, located in City Plaza, from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Sept. 21. At that time, the market will be collecting fresh produce and monetary donations, which the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle will use to help local households that cannot afford to buy enough food. Shoppers are encouraged to buy a little extra produce or bring extra cash to donate at the Farmer Foodshare donation station at the market.
You've probably already heard that in the greater Triangle area nearly one in four children live at risk of hunger, according to a study done by the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle and Feeding America, the nation's largest hunger relief organization.
What's cool about Wednesday's event is the opportunity to freshen up your family menu and save: A nutritionist and skilled culinary volunteer will provide samples of a quick, easy, low-cost recipe that highlights in-season produce found at market. You're invited to ask your nutrition or cooking questions and pick up free handouts on eating seasonally at the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle's Nutrition Program booth.
The Raleigh Downtown Farmers Market will host additional festivities during the Sept. 21 Challenge, including a free raffle at the market information booth for tickets to see the rock band Wilco at its show on Sept. 27 at the Raleigh Amphitheater and a Wilco tote bag giveaway.
Ten farmers markets and multiple local businesses, including Wilco, are participating in the Farmer Foodshare Challenge with the collective goal of donating over a ton of food by the Wilco show on Sept. 27. Wilco will also be accepting monetary donations at its show.If you're looking to volunteer with your family to help others in the Triangle, visit our Caring in the Community article, where you'll find online resources offering opportunities to get involved. ?