Every year LBA Haynes Strand closes it's doors for one day while the entire firm goes out into the community to help with a worthy cause. This year we were fortunate enough to team with Out of The Garden Project in Greensboro, NC. Out of The Garden Project is a food assistance program for families primarily in Guilford County. Their mission is to partner with parents, teachers, friends, and organizations to provide food and hope for every child! They supply a bag of food, including two meals, for a family of four (6-7 lbs) each Friday at 60+ schools in Guilford County, one school in Forsyth County and one school in Alamance County. Overall they reach 1,750 families each week! In addition, Out of The Garden Project provides 700 bookbags each week for the United Way of High Point.
Did You Know: Of Guilford County Schools' 73,000 students, 67% receive free or reduced price lunches and breakfasts?
This is one of the highest rates in the nation. Greensboro and High Point were ranked #1 for food insecurity in the United States until July of 2016. The area is currently ranked #9 in the nation for food insecurity. Studies have shown that when students don't eat on the weekend, it can take up to Wednesday of the next week after students have eaten for two days at school to begin to learn at the same rate as their peers who had access to nutrition during the weekend.
Our team had a great time packing meal bags, sorting food, cleaning the warehouse and handling many other tasks for Out of The Garden Project. Dave Recchion, Principal in our Greensboro office had this to say, "It was a tremendous honor to work hand in hand with our team today in making a difference in our community. We can all feel good about the impact that was made. We take a lot for granted, and it is in moments like this where we can feel the pain of the less fortunate. Every box, bag, and can that we touched will ensure that some people will get a meal for a day. Thank you to Out of The Garden Project for allowing us to volunteer and make a real difference."
To learn more about Out of The Garden Project and how you can help, CLICK HERE!