Three Lion’s Clubs & CAPA join together for a huge community-wide food drive & fundraiser to benefit local pantries and western wake county residents.
Donation Drop Off Scheduled for Saturday, September 12 from 9am – 3pm at the following locations:
1338 N Main St, Fuquay-Varina (Food Lion parking lot)
517 N Main St, Holly Springs (Food Lion parking lot)
620 Laura Duncan Rd, Apex (Mama Mia’s parking lot)
Financial Donations accepted by texting the $ amount to 844-731-0143
Apex, Holly Springs, & Fuquay-Varina NC (September 3, 2020) — Community-wide food drive and Family Recovery Fundraiser to be held September 12, 2020 in three western Wake County communities.
Feeding America projects the number of neighbors facing food insecurity in our area will likely increase by 38-49% due to Covid-19. https://foodbankcenc.org/food-bank-covid-19-preparedness/
Local pantries are already seeing this impact! Western Wake Crisis Ministry, reports four times the average number of first-time visitors seeking food assistance. The Holly Springs Food Cupboard has seen a 24% increase in total household receiving food from January to August 2020 over this same period last year and three times as many track out bags are being give out to school children.
In addition, Western Wake Crisis Ministry, serving the whole western region including Apex, Holly Springs, Fuquay-Varina and the surrounding rural areas, has seen a significant increase in the needs of households seeking financial assistance.
“Before Covid-19, we were spending about $6-8,000 a month on rental and utility assistance and most households only needed a little help to get them through difficult time. Now families are coming to us who are behind by thousands of dollars and facing imminent eviction or have already been evicted and are living in a hotel or sleeping in a car. During June, July, and August we spent between $15,000 – $20,000 per month to keep our neighbors safely housed. Each month the needs are increasing” Reports Beth Bordeaux, the Executive Director of Western Wake Crisis Ministry. While county level services build their capacity, smaller nonprofits in the western and southern region of Wake County are filling the gaps and trying to prevent homelessness and hunger.
The Apex Lion’s Club has supported Western Wake Crisis Ministry for years. However, with the pandemic and the growing needs, they decided a broader community effort was needed. “Lions are the largest International Service organization in the world. As Lions, we look for ways to help others and make our communities better,” says Horace Johnson, the Project Organizer from the Apex Lion’s Club. “Our motto is WE SERVE.”
The goal of this Community Food Drive and Family Recovery Fund fundraiser is to raise support locally to help our neighbors who are struggling the most due to the economic and health impact of Covid-19. Please drop off shelf stable foods at any of the three collection sites. A truck or pod will be placed at each site and volunteers will be there to collect your donations. Financial contributions can be given via PayPal to Western Wake Crisis Ministry at wwcm.org/donate or by texting the dollar amount to 844-731-0143 or mailing your check to 1600 Olive Chapel Road, Suite 408, Apex, NC 27502. Proceeds from the fundraiser will go to the Family Recovery Fund which benefits all three communities in the Western and Southern regions of Wake County. Go to wwcm.org/familyrecoveryfund for more information. Food donations will be distributed to the Fuquay-Varina Emergency Food Pantry, the Holly Springs Food Cupboard and to Western Wake Crisis Ministry in Apex.