Winston-Salem, NC – April 11, 2012 – The Resident Council of Arbor Acres has designated April, 2012, as Hunger Awareness Month. Activities for the campus benefit the food pantry of Crisis Control Ministry in Winston-Salem. Throughout the month, residents will participate in a “Fill-a-Sack” campaign, filling bins around Arbor Acres with non-perishable food items to replenish the pantry.
Dr. Charles H. Duckett, Arbor Acres resident and Hunger Awareness campaign chair, hopes that the month raises awareness among residents of hunger problems in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County. “The Winston-Salem Journal did a story about food deprivation in our area. A study entitled ‘Food Hardship in America’ was cited, and one fact really struck me: our area has the most hunger of any area in the entire country. Our efforts at Arbor Acres to fill the food pantry at Crisis Control can address in some small way this shocking situation.”
Margaret Elliott, Executive Director of Crisis Control Ministry, Inc., commends the residents of Arbor Acres for initiating Hunger Awareness Month. “This effort will benefit our clients in several ways,” she explains. “It will bring in food at a time when donations are typically low and may encourage folks to volunteer at the ministry.” Elliott also stresses how Hunger Awareness Month strengthens the relationship between Arbor Acres and Crisis Control. “We can’t do this work on our own,” she says. “We have to have the community support. The residents of Arbor Acres are giving us just that.”
Other events during Hunger Awareness month at Arbor Acres include: a presentation of the movie Hunger in America with discussion afterward led by Elliott; a Hunger Walk; and group tours of the Crisis Control food pantry.
Located on 83 acres near downtown Winston-Salem, North Carolina, Arbor Acres United Methodist Retirement Community is home to over 400 residents in independent living, assisted living and memory care, and skilled nursing who have for many years have supported non-profit community organizations. Recent resident projects have benefitted Senior Services’ Meals on Wheels and the Ronald McDonald House. For more information please visit www.arboracres.org
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Winston-Salem, NC 27104
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