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Day of Action: Volunteers Assemble Weekend Meal Kits to Feed 1,500 Low-Income Children This Summer

When: Thursday, June 21, 2018 from 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.

Where: Durham Central Park, Farmer’s Market Pavilion – 501 Foster Street, Durham

Who: United Way of the Greater Triangle, Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, 150 Community Volunteers

Photo Opps: Best time to take photos is between 9:45 and 10:30 a.m.

Details: United Way of the Greater Triangle is bringing together volunteers from around the Triangle to create 1,500 weekend meal and reading kits for Durham area children. In just under two hours, volunteers will pack kits with books and enough food for seven meals and snacks to cover summer weekends. The kits will be distributed through the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle to the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Durham, East Durham Children’s Initiative and Fayetteville Street Elementary School.

This event offers a wide variety of story and visual options including action photos of volunteers (ages 5 and older) assembling the meal kits and on-site interview opportunities with staff members from United Way of the Greater Triangle and Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, as well as community volunteers.

Principal is the event’s corporate sponsor.

Please check-in at the registration table when you arrive.

Durham Data (Source: 2017 State of Durham’s Young Children Report)

  • More than a quarter of Durham’s young children (26%) live in a home where the head of household’s income is at or below poverty level.
  • Nearly half live in a home where the head of household’s income is at or below 185% of poverty. This marker is frequently used as a threshold for eligibility in family support programs such as free and reduced-price lunch for students and the Women, Infants, and Children (WIC) program.
  • For a family of four, an annual household income of $24,250 was considered poverty level in 2015 and $44,863 was considered 185% of poverty in that same period.


Media Contacts:

Stacy Shelp
Vice President, Marketing & Communications
United Way of the Greater Triangle