Hello Friends,

Did you know that 40% of food in the US never gets eaten? That’s about 400 pounds of food per person per year. Meanwhile, according to the USDA more than 38 million people—including 12 million children—don't have consistent access to enough food.

Recovering some of that food and getting it to those in need is what our RePurpose food recovery program is all about. To spotlight those efforts—and to help this program grow—A Simple Gesture is hosting a special event, and you're invited!

What: "Feeding Not Wasting: Changing the World With Food"
When: Tuesday, April 26 at 6 pm
Where: Stage Door Lounge, located on the first floor of the Administrative Building adjacent to Tanger Center

The program features
  • Laura Oxner, Director of our RePurpose food recovery program
  • Robin Davis, Founder of Maxie B's Bakery & Dessert Cafe
  • Food recovery hors d'oeuvres, an update on the Mayor's Food Waste Challenge happening that week at local restaurants, and much more!

The event is free and takes place prior to the Bryan Series lecture by Chef José Andrés. Chef Andrés is working to change the world through the power of food—a perfect fit for RePurpose and A Simple Gesture. You do not need tickets to the Bryan Series lecture to attend our event.

Seating is limited. To reserve your spot, click here:
Chef Andrés and his World Central Kitchen are leading the way in feeding Ukrainian refugees, already having served 4 million meals in six countries. Tickets are still available for his lecture. Visit www.tangercenter.com/events/detail/jose-andres.

Scroll down to learn more about the Mayor's Food Waste Challenge and lots of other exciting updates from A Simple Gesture and RePurpose food recovery.

Thanking you for all you do to end hunger in Guilford County,
  • Thank you to Definition Church for their incredible food drive. Mike and TJ collected 4,280 pounds of food in one month.
  • Welcome to the Sheetz on Pleasant Ridge Road, a new participant in our RePurpose food recovery program.
  • Thank you to Epes Trucking for joining our corporate kindness program and collecting food every other month at their facility.
  • Thank you to Little Caesar's on Randleman Road, another new participant in our RePurpose food recovery program.
  • Thank you to Chris Robin Dawes at Allen Tate Real Estate and The All-American Project track team for hosting a food collection.
  • Hooray for Summerfield Charter Academy and their recent food drive that got the whole school involved. They collected 600 bags of food!
  • Thank you to Hope Fest 4 Hunger, which hosted a beautiful, entertaining, and highly successful fundraiser to benefit A Simple Gesture and Greensboro Urban Ministry. The organizers worked tirelessly to make this event a huge success!
Mark Your Calendar: Community Easter Egg Hunt and Food Drive at LeBauer Park
Head to the park for a day of fun and fundraising with the Hive Real Estate Group. Their first Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held at LeBauer Park on Saturday, April 9. The first egg hunt for toddlers and preschoolers will be at 11 am, then grades K-2 at 12 pm, and grades 3-5 at 1 pm. There will be food, music, games, vendors, AND a food collection for A Simple Gesture! Learn more: https://www.instagram.com/thehiverealestate_nc/
Challenge Accepted: Local Restaurants Working to Cut Food Waste
From April 21-27, five local restaurants have accepted the challenge to track their food waste, donate their wholesome leftovers, compost what can't be sold or donated, and recycle their materials. The goal is to build awareness that there are better alternatives to dumping food waste in landfills. 

Participating restaurants are 'Cille and 'Scoe, Crafted, Deep Roots Market, Jerusalem Market, and Natty Greene’s.

Sponsors for the challenge are:

Partner Spotlight: One Step Further Community Support & Nutrition Program Food Deliveries
On the third Tuesday of each month, One Step Further delivers groceries to senior citizens and people with disabilities. The organization is in need of individuals or teams to help with those vital deliveries.

Serving 120+ families each month, volunteers keep the same delivery route to offer stability and build relationships. The time commitment is flexible; spend just a few minutes setting bags inside the recipient's home, chat on the porch, or sit down and visit. You decide what is best for you and for the client. To learn more, click here.
Hey, High Point!
We're looking for schools and groups interested in hosting year-end food drives. If you're a teacher, administrator, Scout leader, club memeber, or involved in the PTA and think your school or group might be interested, contact karen@asimplegesturegso.org. Let's get those pantry shelves stocked before summer!
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