Our approach: Listen, Link, Collaborate, Advocate
To help with the gaps in information and coordination, we emphasize listening and linking.
End Hunger Durham listens to the front line workers and the people affected by food insecurity and build linkages that can support problem solving and improve lives.
We then collaborate with all parties working to find solutions.
To address the immediate and long term supports and threats to food security we advocate at the national, state, and local levels for policies that address both the immediate and long-term solutions to hunger.
End Hunger Durham includes people at all levels of the food security chain within its structure and planning. We seek models that respect the preferences and obstacles faced by food insecure families and we encourage approaches that help them exercise their own abilities and knowledge.
2016 Focus on Food Pantries
In 2016 End Hunger Durham has devoted much of it’s effort to listening and supporting the work of food pantries in Durham, the major distribution system for emergency food to strapped families. This year, in collaboration with the Durham Branch of the Food Bank our volunteers:
- held two listening sessions with food pantry operators in the Spring,
- hosted a meeting in Northeast Central Durham with information about summer meals,
- conducted a phone survey of pantry operators to bring information up-to-date for social service workers and pantry clients,
- surveyed the clients in three pantries to learn as much as possible about their situations and how pantries might better serve them,
- reported survey results to food pantry leaders and facilitated a conversation on meeting their biggest challenges: more healthy food and more volunteers.
We are grateful to the Food Bank of Central and Easter North Carolina, Durham Branch, for its support and encouragement in this work. We also appreciate the support of Durham Congregations in Action and the Durham County Dept. of Public Health.