Mother Teresa said, “If you can’t feed a hundred people, then feed just one.” Sometimes, the issues that face the world and our community appear insurmountable. Consider hunger. At least 62,590 people are food insecure in Forsyth County. Of that number, 31% don’t qualify for SNAP Benefits. Hunger is an important issue in Winston-Salem and to many at Wake Forest Baptist Church. Recently, we began partnering with New Communion Mobile Food Pantry. This partnership expands our efforts to reach a broad array of local people. The second Sunday bean offering goes towards New Communion’s efforts to share food with those who face limited access to it.
Food access challenges efforts to alleviate hunger. There is an abundance of food in the world, but people cannot get it because of finances, geography, or both. In our area, many people live in food deserts. A food desert is an area in which the nearest grocery store is one or more miles away. New Communion brings the food pantry to these neighborhoods. This work addresses food insecurity for folks in these areas via direct access to fresh food and pantry staples. New Communion serves specific neighborhoods located in food deserts including Cardinal Acres, Castle Heights, Monticello Park, Northwoods Estate, Prospect Park, Bowen Park, Dreamland, Ladeara Crest, Eastgate Village, Lakeside, Spaulding Drive, and Wildwood Park. No form of identification or paperwork is required from anyone seeking food. Currently, New Communion feeds 100 families each week partnering with local churches, the Community Mosque, United Way, and others.
You can find more information about New Communion here