Hopeful News About Hunger

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There’s no denying it. Hunger hurts. Yet there is reason for great hope, as we witness how the unwanted status as one of the worst areas in the nation for food insecurity is energizing and activating communities and people of all ages to come together to address the persistent challenges facing our community.

Take Brad Rentz for example, a young man who, two summers ago, found his way to our food bank and into our hearts.

Looking back, Brad realizes that the things he’d heard about hunger and hardship hadn’t quite sunk in. Today, he sees things differently.

“I didn’t really think about hunger as something close to home,” he said. “I had no clue how much food is wasted or about how Second Harvest works to prevent it. That’s a piece of the solution and just a part of their work.”

Through his first summer with us, Brad traveled from Summerfield, NC, three days a week, devoting entire days to volunteering at Second Harvest. It wasn’t long before staff members were clamoring to have Brad in their work areas.

“It’s unusual for one so young to be so attuned to what needs to be done and so committed to making it happen,” explained Debbie Clark, Volunteer/Project Coordinator for Second Harvest. “From the get-go, Brad took his time with us very seriously and gave us his all.”

Understandably, we were more than a little sad to see Brad go when school started back last fall – that is, until we realized that he was just getting started.

Back at Northwest Guilford High School, Brad is telling others about what he’s learned about hunger and his experiences of making a difference at Second Harvest. Though he’s only just realizing it, he’s become a leader in setting himself to the task of establishing a service club and inspiring other students to get involved in supporting our food bank.

We give thanks for Brad’s quiet leadership and devoted energy.

We wish this special rising senior well, as he completes his application to Wake Forest University, a community whose motto, “Pro Humanitate” (For Humanity), strikes a deep cord with Brad. In these words we are assured that he is a most fitting candidate: “Hunger is here. We need to talk about it, focus on solutions and get involved. We’re all in this together.”

We agree. Throughout this month, we join with the Feeding America network of food banks to observe Hunger Action Month. We’re asking everyone and, especially you, our friends and supporters, to follow Brad’s lead and TELL SOMEONE about hunger…because once people know, they find ways to help.

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