2:21 pm
Fri April 5, 2013

Greensboro Urban Ministry Needs Help Restocking Food Pantry Shelves

Greensboro Urban Ministry reports seeing more middle-class families needing assistance.
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The Greensboro Urban Ministry wants you to add them to your grocery list. Friday and Saturday, the agency is hosting its Spring Grocery Store Food Drive. As people shop at Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Lowe’s Food, Bestway and Whole Foods, area church volunteers will hand out lists of items needed.

Rev. Mike Aiken, the executive director of the Greensboro Urban Ministry, says there’s a huge need for community help. “It’s really essential right now. We help about 2,000 people per month and distribute about 100,000 pounds per month,” Aiken said. “So our shelves are getting bare and we really need to replenish those shelves with food.”  According to Aiken, last year 90,000 pounds of non-perishable food items were collected and distributed to 9,000 needy families.

Aiken also says while food drives are helpful, these donations account for just one bag of nutritious non-perishable items for a family. He says government sponsored programs provide the bulk of food assistance to low-income residents. This is why he urges people to attend a statewide meeting of Bread for the World on April 13 at Christ United Methodist Church, 1410 North Holden Road. Discussion topics include the role that government plays in reducing food insecurity. There is a $25 registration fee, lunch and childcare are provided.