#FeedGSO Total: 65,268 pounds!

#FeedGSO, food drive
#FeedGSO, food drive

Steve Fleming, CEO of Well-Spring Retirement Community, and Eric Chilton, of WFMY News 2, in an off-camera moment while filming a PSA for the #FeedGSO #Food2Families food drive

Thank you to for adding to your grocery carts April 8 and 9 to support the Leadership Semi-Annual Food Drive at local grocery stores. The totals are impressive — in fact, our second-largest drive since fall 2013: 65,268 pounds of food and $3,359.72 in cash donations collected!

This twice-yearly food drive helps to restock Greensboro Urban Ministry’s food pantry shelves. The spring drive is a critical resource for building our supply of food before summer, our busiest season for food assistance. We could not continue to deliver this needed service without your support!

Last year, GUM received 1,057,876 pounds of food and distributed emergency food assistance to 18,106 households in Guilford County. To give you an idea of what this means in terms of a month, in March 2016, the pantry distributed 84,275 pounds of food.

The food pantry is the largest resource in Greensboro for households lacking adequate food. The pantry is able to assist households four times in a year — that can be weekly for a month, quarterly, or any combination of time frames that can best help the household’s needs.

A super shout-out to the congregations and businesses that supported the drive by volunteering at the participating grocery stores:

  • All Saints Episcopal
  • Calvary Baptist, McLeansville
  • Centenary UMC
  • Christ Lutheran
  • Christ UMC
  • Community in Christ Presbyterian
  • Community Lutheran
  • Congregational Lutheran
  • First Lutheran
  • First Presbyterian
  • Friendship UMC
  • Full Force for Christ Ministries
  • Gethsemane UMC
  • Guilford College UMC
  • Guilford Park Presbyterian
  • Jamestown Presbyterian
  • Jamestown UMC
  • Mount Pisgah UMC
  • Muir’s Chapel UMC
  • National Active and Retired Federal employees
  • New Garden Friends
  • New Millennium Christian
  • Oak Ridge Presbyterian
  • Oak Ridge UMC
  • Our Lady of Grace Catholic
  • Peace UCC
  • Sedgefield Presbyterian
  • Saint Pius X Catholic
  • Saint Francis Episcopal
  • Saint Matthew’s UMC
  • Saint Paul Presbyterian
  • Saint Paul the Apostle Catholic
  • Saint Stephen UCC
  • Saint Timothy UMC
  • Starmount Presbyterian
  • Tabernacle UMC
  • Unitarian Universalist
  • United Guaranty
  • West Market UMC

Thank you to the stores that participated:

  • Harris Teeter — Friday and Saturday
  • Lowe’s — Friday and Saturday
  • Food Lion — Saturday only
  • Whole Foods — Friday and Saturday
  • Walmart Neighborhood Market at Guilford College — Friday and Saturday
  • Sam’s Club — Friday and Saturday

We greatly appreciate the partnership of WFMY News 2 and Well-Spring Retirement Community, who co-sponsored the #Food2Families drive this weekend to coincide with #FeedGSO. And to all the volunteers and supporters who posted about the event with the #FeedGSO hashtag, a big thank you for spreading the word on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter!

We are also grateful to the Bruce Springsteen fans, including Linda from Ohio, who donated to our food pantry. Here’s an excerpt from the note she posted to us: “I, with many others, are dedicated fans of Bruce Springsteen. Among us we have been to hundreds of his concerts over many decades and know Bruce always has a local food bank represented. … With the cancellation of the Greensboro show, in solidarity with Bruce and his message of love and good will, and peace and equality, we have decided to donate to local food banks anyway.”

Here’s a suggested shopping list of items the food pantry always needs. Did you want to participate in the drive but couldn’t? You can also make a tax-deductible contribution online and designate it to our food pantry.