Small Farms Week food drive

Anass Banna and Sonya Patterson carry this much-needed food donation into County Outreach Ministry.

Food insecurity is defined as the disruption of food intake or eating patterns because of lack of money and other resources needed to secure enough food to feed oneself or one’s family. In the US, 1 in 4 people will experience food insecurity at some point in their lifespan. Food insecurity may be long-term or temporary depending on individual circumstances.

Around the country Covid-19 has impacted the food supply chain causing disruptions in deliveries, shortages in products and sent millions of people to long lines at food banks. One year into the pandemic, food insecurity continues to grow with people who never thought they would visit a food pantry into becoming regular visitors, and many major food producers are still trying to figure out what comes next and how to survive.

In an effort to address this issue in Caswell County, Anass Banna (Caswell Small Farms Extension Agent), and Sonya Patterson (Caswell Family and Consumer Sciences Agent), teamed together to organize a food drive as a part of NC A&T State University Extension’s annual Small Farms Week celebration.

The non-perishable food items were donated to Paul and Alice Robinson of County Outreach Ministry. The Robinson’s have made it their mission to make sure no one in Caswell County goes hungry, especially kids. They are often seen out in the communities of Caswell County serving others.

The Robinson’s were very thankful to receive the donation and Mrs. Robinson was quoted as saying “We are hosting a drive-up food giveaway this Saturday and I’d been praying because the pantry shelves were a little bare and this donation will help to make it successful.” She also stated, “To be blessed you must be a blessing to others”.

Caswell County Cooperative Extension is committed to providing researched-based educational programs and outreach to the residents of Caswell County to help improve their quality of life.