The Ardmore RAH! is October 21 and the Redeemer School food drive runs from October 16-20.
Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.Colossians 2:6-7
As children of God who are deeply rooted in Christ, we are not like singular trees with deep roots—we are like a deeply rooted and united forest. When we are deeply rooted in Christ and our lives are built on Him, our faith is strengthened in the truth we were taught and we will overflow with thankfulness. When we overflow with thankfulness, because of God’s agape love for us, that love also overflows to others.
This overflow can be seen through the ways we share the story of Jesus and our experience of His love with others. It can also be seen in the ways we encourage and help meet needs in our community and world. One large need that we can help meet in Forsyth County is food insecurity.
Food insecurity: A lack of consistent access to enough food for every person in a household to live an active, healthy life.
Did you know?
- 1 in 7 people in Northwest North Carolina is food insecure.
- 1 in 5 children doesn’t get enough food to thrive.
- 260,920 people in Forsyth County are food insecure, according to 2021 data.
- Food deserts are defined by the USDA as census tracts in which at least 33 percent of the population lives more than a mile from a large grocery store or supermarket. This can also be defined by a rural or urban area where the availability of fresh, healthy, and affordable food is limited.
- Food deserts lead to poor diets, which can also contribute to health problems such as obesity, type-2 diabetes, and heart disease.
- Forsyth County, NC has 21 food deserts and is ranked seventh on a national list of metropolitan statistical areas with the highest rate of food hardship according to the 2018 Food Research & Action Center report.
There are lots of ways people are helping in our community. Organizations are creating healthy corner markets and community gardens. Agencies are providing food pantries such as the Winston Salem Rescue Mission, Clemmons Food Pantry, Crisis Control, and Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC.
Second Harvest Food Bank’s pantries are also health clinics. Second Harvest provides community meals, mobile nutrition services, and school pantries and weekend backpack programs for children.
How can Redeemer School help?
Redeemer School can help families that are food insecure through the Ardmore RAH! and Food Drive!
The Ardmore RAH! is a 5K, 10K and fun run led by Redeemer Church. RAH! stands for the Run Against Hunger—all net proceeds benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC.
Your entry fees go a long way!
According to Second Harvest Food Bank, “We can turn every $10 into up to 70 meals.”
- One Fun Run Entry = 105 meals!
- One 5K Entry= 245 meals!
- One 10K Entry = 315 meals!
Last year, 165 students registered in one of these races. Wouldn’t it be incredible if we could beat that record this year? If we had 170 fun run participants, that would provide 17,850 meals to people in our community.
As of September 25, 81 students had registered. Could we increase that number by 100?
What else can we do?
If you cannot participate in the Ardmore RAH! (and even if you can), you can still help meet this need within our community. Participate in our food drive, occurring October 16-20th. Please start gathering any food that is “shelf-stable” or nonperishable—you can keep it in your pantry and it won’t go bad. And remember, only donate food that hasn’t reached its “sell-by” date yet.
Specifically, food banks often need items like:
- Peanut butter
- Canned soup
- Canned fruit
- Canned vegetables
- Canned stew
- Canned fish
- Canned beans
- Pasta (most prefer whole grain)
- Rice (most prefer brown rice)