A warm meal or a bag of groceries meant the world to me as a new mom. I felt connected to my community when generous friends would text me they had dropped off a few of my favorite foods waiting for me on the doorstep. This sharing of food provided nourishment to my body, but also my spirit.
Making a meal for a new mother is one of my favorite parts of our amazing FIT4MOM community. I love feeling connected to women, some I haven’t yet met, by sharing a bag of groceries. Let’s expand our giving and share a bag of groceries for refugee families recently moved to Chapel Hill.
Refugee Community Partnership (RCP) is hosting a Food Drive THIS Saturday (3/25/17) in Chapel Hill. The mission of the RCP is to improve the lives and protect the rights of people who are immigrants or refugees through educational programs, raising health awareness, and legal aid services in order to promote self-sufficiency and community empowerment.
By definition, a refugee is someone who has been forced to flee his or her country because of persecution, war, or violence. Newly arrived refugees and their children often fall through the socioeconomic cracks. Due to language barriers, unfamiliarity with sociocultural norms and systems, and past trauma, refugee families face unique barriers to rebuilding life after resettlement.
Help stock the pantries of local refugee families! RCP will be collecting donations and playing at the Chapel Hill Community Center -- making welcoming cards to accompany the food packages and reading books that tell the story of refugees.
Show support for our new neighbors by donating culturally appropriate foods to the RCP. The food donated will be distributed to local refugee families to assist them in nourishing their families as they navigate their new community and establish homes after resettlement.
To honor their heritage, we are asking that items donated be foods these families are accustomed to preparing and eating, including:
- pita bread
- dried chick peas
- dried fava beans
- Egyptian short grain rice
- olive oil
- coarse bulgar
- Haal Magga chicken broth cubes
Learn more about the Refugee Community Partnership at: refugeecommunitypartnership.org/
Food Drive Details: Saturday, March 25th from 10am – 4pm, Chapel Hill Community Center, 120 S Estes Dr, Chapel Hill 27514
If you cannot make it Saturday to the Food Drive but want to participate, please drop your food items off in the bin on Kelsi Wilson's Front Porch in Briar Chapel. (Email firstname.lastname@example.org for Kelsi's address.)
Another way to participate is through the Virtual Food Drive. This will help families purchase fresh meats, vegetables, and fruits, participate in our Virtual Food Drive: gofundme.com/FeedHeartsFillPlates