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October 17, 2017

The Fundraiser to Emulate a Soup Kitchen-Style Experience
to Raise Awareness and Funds for Hungry Children

Tuesday, November 14
Join Golden State Foods in the fight against hunger in Garner!

Garner, North Carolina (November 14, 2017)
– The Golden State Foods (GSF) Foundation, a nonprofit organization dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in need in the areas where GSF associates live and work, is hosting their second annual Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch event in Garner, North Carolina to benefit the Community of Hope Ministries Food Pantry, an organization dedicated to offering families in need much needed food and counseling. The event will be a one-hour soup kitchen-style lunch, where attendees will learn firsthand what it’s like to receive a meal at a soup kitchen. Attendees will receive a bowl of soup and a piece of bread, while learning more about the issue and opportunities for combatting childhood hunger in their local community.

One in six children in the United States is hungry, and North Carolina is one of 14 states that demonstrated significantly higher household food insecurity rates than the national average. In Wake County, North Carolina where the Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch event will be held, 44,330 children under 18 are hungry.1
“Last year, with the help of our customers and community partners, we raised $61,000 to help two organizations provide 100,000 meals for hungry kids and nutritional assistance to
85 children representing 65 food insecure families,” said Gregg Tarlton, chair for Feeding Hunger: A “No Lunch” Lunch, and GSF Garner general manager. “This year, with the resources of Community of Hope, we’re continuing to work towards ending hunger here in our neighborhoods.”
Community of Hope Ministries operates an after school tutoring program for children who are below grade level in reading and math and whose families are economically disadvantaged, said Amy White, Executive Director, Community of Hope. “Our goal is to make sure that hunger is not a challenge that these families must face as they pursue success in the classroom and in the workplace. Funds made available through the Golden State Foods Foundation have allowed us to provide a nutritionally balanced box of groceries for these families twice a month.  It has been our great privilege to place these funds into action in the Garner community.”
For more information about this event, please visit https://bit.ly/GarnerNoLunchLunch
1 Feeding America 2015 Map the Meal Gap http://map.feedingamerica.org/county/2015/child/north-carolina/county/wake
About GSF Foundation
The GSF Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to improving the lives of children and families in need in the areas where GSF associates live and work. Established in 2002, the Foundation is a natural extension of Golden State Foods’ values-based business. Funded and run by GSF associate volunteers and supported by its business partners, community partners and customers, the Foundation operates under the direction of an executive board, which includes national representation from local GSF volunteers. As many as 80 percent of GSF associates actively support the Foundation through personal involvement and contributions in 30 local committees across the United States – uniting their hearts and hands for good. To date, the Foundation has raised more than $38 million to help those in need. For more information, visit www.gsffoundation.org.
About Community of Hope Ministries
Community of Hope Ministries (COHM) serves at-risk and needy families in the Garner area. COHM currently operates a free, afterschool tutoring program for at-risk elementary aged children in Garner, a summer camp, a gigantic food pantry, a crisis assistance program,  and a Carpenter’s Hands ministry completing home and yard repairs for the elderly, widowed, and physically challenged in our area. COHM also launched “Jobs for Life” a job-skills readiness program aimed at teaching the fundamental skills needed for the unemployed and underemployed to seek and maintain permanent employment in the current job market. When the USDA designated a portion of Wake County as a food desert, Community of Hope created the “Garden of Hope” providing fresh vegetables for both our summer campers and our food pantry clients. COHM summer campers harvested and learned to cook the vegetables from the garden. In January 2017 Community of Hope hosted its very first track-out camp for students in year round school.
Amy White, Executive Director
(919) 779-6679 ext 230