Summer Associate Kevin Meese's Reflection:
When Joy Shillingsburg asked me to apply for Wake Forest Community Table’s (WFCT) eight-week Summer Associate position through AmeriCorps VISTA earlier this spring I was somewhat hesitant. Not hesitant to continue serving those in our community experiencing food insecurity, but more so in my ability to jump in and provide day-to-day guidance for a non-profit that has been in existence for nearly seven years. As a core WFCT volunteer server since April of 2021, and primarily on Monday nights at our Hope House location, I quickly realized 100’s of individuals would assist me in keeping WFCT running smoothly. From WFCT board members and food advisors, community partners, civic organizations, churches, local businesses, family donors, and faithful volunteers, there was never anything to be hesitant about lovingly serving those in our community we call home!
Highlights of what WFCT accomplished in my time serving as a Summer Associate over the past eight weeks include:
- 1,350 total meals served
Average of 96 meals a night (seven weeks of service as we were off the week of July 4th)
- 473 breakfast and lunch items donated by Starbucks
- 34 boxes of produce harvested from the Wake Forest Presbyterian Church Giving Garden
- 200 backpack buddy bags donated by North East Wake Backpack Buddies
- 514 sweet and salty snacks donated by Wake Forest United Methodist Church
- $200 worth of diapers donated by Wake Forest Woman’s Club
- Agreements in process with Wegman's and Inter-Faith Food Shuttle to provide more food resources for our community
I’ve been beyond blessed to serve my community on behalf of WFCT over the past eight weeks. As many of you know, I’ve made it my life’s calling to do what I can, for who I can, while I can, and specifically around those experiencing food insecurity. There are big plans ahead for not only myself, but Wake Forest Community Table. Continue following us on Facebook to learn more about where we’re going, and how you can assist us in the process!