H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem



BY JENNI PLEASANT

H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem (H.O.P.E. – Help Our People Eat) is a grassroots nonprofit whose mission is to improve the health and wellbeing of the over 40,000 children in Forsyth County who are at risk for hunger and to connect families with on-site support agencies. Founded in 2013 by Ben and Marty Tennille, H.O.P.E serves the community through the efforts of 62 faith groups (interfaith), three colleges, numerous community groups and over 1,500 individual volunteers. To date, H.O.P.E. has provided over 117,000 meals to children ages 0-18 and over 170,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to families in food deserts in Forsyth County.

H.O.P.E. uses kid-friendly, decorated musical vans to deliver healthy meals for children and fresh produce for adults to 26 sites every weekend, year-round, in Forsyth County, filling a tremendous need on the weekends when children are not being served lunches through their schools. These trucks have become a staple in neighborhoods where fresh food can be limited, proudly serving nutritious meals to 1,100 children each week.

But H.O.P.E. is so much more than just an organization that delivers food to hungry children. H.O.P.E. provides educational resources to take the improvement of lives one step further, by offering enrichment opportunities, including cooking, exercise and art classes, plus financial advice for parents with limited funds who are shopping for healthy food. And H.O.P.E. is looking forward to making an even bigger impact in 2017 with a new facility under construction in Kimberley Park, next to a hydroponics urban farm which will contribute fresh produce year-round. The number of meals and amount of fresh produce delivered will be substantially more, plus the new facility will provide a classroom to teach farming, nutrition, exercise, and art and STEM classes for children. Empowering families to live healthy lives is an important part of H.O.P.E.’s mission.

In 2016, H.O.P.E. held their first Red Apple Harvest for H.O.P.E. fundraising dinner, presented by Allegacy Federal Credit Union, raising proceeds to supply over 65,000 healthy meals to children here in Winston-Salem. Like any nonprofit organization, sponsors, donors and volunteers are critical to the success of H.O.P.E. Every dollar donated provides a healthy meal for a child. Dedicated volunteers include bakers, lunch packers and truck drivers for deliveries. None of what H.O.P.E. provides would be possible without donors and volunteers all year.

To get involved, visit HopeWS.org today. The need is greater than ever and together, we can make a difference.

Thank you to all 2016 H.O.P.E. Heroes for your support of the Red Apple Harvest event!

–   Allegacy

–   Golding Farms

–   Frederick and Nancylee Boos, II

–   Ben and Ann Hough

–   Wells Fargo

–   Daggett Shuler Law

–   Womble Carlyle Sandridge & Rice

–   Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton

–   Law Office of Kevin J. Williams

–   Tash & Kurtz

–   HanesBrands

–   Realty One

–   W.R. Vernon Produce

–   Patrick and Ali Turner

–   Lee and Margaret French

–   Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church

–   OutWest Steakhouse & Saddle Room

–   Small Footprint

–   Wildfire

–   Lowes Foods

–   W.R. Vernon Produce

–   Mutual Distributing

–   Caffey Distributing

–   Piedmont Distillers

 


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