Each year food banks in Raleigh, Charlotte, and now Fayetteville coordinate individual Sort-A-Rama events to raise awareness of summer hunger. While warmer months may conjure sunny thoughts of beach trips and campfires, the reality for some families can be rumbling bellies. During the summer, thousands of children across North Carolina no longer have access to the free and reduced breakfast and lunch programs that guaranteed them healthy meals each school day.
Presented by Food Lion Feeds, Sort-A-Rama 2019 brought together companies across our service area to sort and package meals to directly benefit families facing hunger this summer. During their half-day of service, employees from Food Lion, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Crown Complex and Quickie Manufacturing split into teams to tackle multiple projects: dry goods, canned goods, and special backpack bags.
Volunteers bagged 12,000 pounds of rice and pasta; packaged over 13,000 pounds of healthy breakfast and lunch items into child-friendly bags; and sorted multiple pallets of canned donations.
With over 30,000 pounds of food now ready for distribution, Second Harvest thanks our sponsors for all their hard work and bright smiles on May 23.
Sort-A-Rama also coincided with Red Nose Day, a global campaign to end child poverty. Money raised through the purchase of special Red Noses at Walgreens locations, televised presentations, and fundraisers across the country support projects that ensure children in need are healthy, safe and educated. Programs like those run by food banks across America!
Special thanks to our sponsors Food Lion Feeds, Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina, Crown Complex, and Quickie Manufacturing for the time they spent volunteering at Sort-A-Rama 2019! Without each of these companies, Sort-A-Rama would not be possible.