We invited Tina McKenna, Development Director and only part time employee of Western Wake Crisis Ministry to give us an update about what has been happening there at our meeting on May 17th. Tina shared with us that WWCM is basically a food pantry which has been established to provide for the needs of local residents who are experiencing unforeseen difficulty and have immediate need for food primarily. But the ministry goes far beyond just meeting that fundamental need. They can also provide a family up to $350 in a 12 month period for such things as housing, medical expenses, perscriptions, engergy bills or other expenses. They receive no government funding and almost all of the work is done by volunteers. Recently they have changed the model for food distribution from one where the food was pre-bagged to one where clients can “shop” for what they will actually use now. This has resulted in less waste and more healthy choices being made by clients. It has also improved the donations as well since WWCM can now inform donors about what is being selected and used by clients. For raising funds, the 10th annual auction will be held soon and the first innaugural golf tournament is being planned at MacGregor Golf Course in Cary. Next year will be their 30th anniversary and they are planning to have one event per month for all 12 months so it sounds like it is going to be a very busy year!
The Apex Lions Club Fish Fry proceeds from March were donated to benefit the Western Wake Crisis Ministry. Pictured here is Lion Horace Johnson presenting Tina McKenna with a check for $3500! Tina was very gracious and thanked us for all of our support over the years. We are confident that this money will be put to good use helping Apex residents in need.