"In the face of the human need that is clearly evident in our communities, it is not enough to simply feed a community without also addressing the root causes of hunger and poverty. It is work that will not be easy or fast moving, but it is important and it is necessary. ~ Clyde W. Fitzgerald, Executive Director.
"If I have to seem poor and I have to stay in this box here so that you'll help me,
In June of 2015, Second Harvest Food Bank was selected as one of five food banks in the nation to receive a three-year Collective Impact grant from Feeding America and the Laura and John Arnold Foundation. Imagine Forsyth, formerly known as Collaborating for Clients (C4C), draws upon the collective wisdom, expertise and strength of a broad cross-section of organizations and community members to create social change that cannot be achieved by a single organization addressing a single issue. Importantly, this work recognizes and lifts the strengths and assets of community residents and includes the contributions of individuals from diverse backgrounds and perspectives.
Under this grant, our food bank is serving as the lead convener for collaborative work focused on four key and connected issues impacting the quality of life and opportunity for people living in two low-income communities in Forsyth County: food security (access to healthy and affordable food), income/employment, health and housing. Current collaborating partners include:
Early work is focusing on engaging community residents; building trusting relationships among all participants; collectively defining the challenges within participating communities and establishing agreed upon measures for tracking progress toward goals that will continue to be defined and refined through an unfolding, inclusive process. Local funding support is being provided by The Kate B. Reynolds Charitable Trust, United Way of Forsyth County and the Winston-Salem Foundation.
For more information, check out our FeedingCommunity Blog: The Humble Work of Listening