Hunger community forum, resource fair coming Sept. 26

If you are struggling with – or concerned about – hunger and food insecurity in the area, you are invited to attend a community discussion and resource fair Thursday, Sept. 26, at Burnsville Town Center.

The forum and resource fair is part of a yearlong reporting, and community conversation series focused on issues of hunger and food insecurity in North Carolina by the nonprofit news organization Carolina Public Press. This is the first of five hunger-related events Carolina Public Press is having across the state this year. Residents in Yancey, Mitchell and Avery counties are invited to attend.

The Newsmakers forum 12:30-2 p.m. and will highlight local, regional and statewide challenges of and solutions to hunger and food insecurity. What Carolina Public Press uncovered in reporting the Faces of Hunger series, which may be found at, will also be discussed.

Forum panelists will be Tamara Cox Baker, project and communications director at No Kid Hungry; Jordan Efird, resource coordination specialist with Blue Ridge Medical Center; Michael Graf, operations manager at TRACTOR Food and Farm; Hannah Randall, CEO at MANNA FoodBank; John Miller, director of Reconciliation House; and Kathleen Wood, executive director of Dig In! Yancey. Carolina Public Press will moderate the event, which includes networking, a panel discussion and an audience question-and-answer session. This will also be a “give and take” event; attendees are welcome to “give” food to donate or “take” food they may want or need. The forum will be live-streamed for those who are unable to attend in person.

The Hunger Resource Fair is 3-7 p.m. Organizations will be available to provide food on-the-spot and to offer children’s activities, tips on how to create healthy meals, health screenings and more. Participating organizations include Dig In! Yancey, Feeding Avery Families, MANNA FoodBank, MomsRising, Neighbors Feeding Neighbors Food Ministry, No Kid Hungry, Reconciliation House, Toe River Health District and TRACTOR Food and Farm. 

Carolina Public Press will also be there to record stories from those wanting to share their experiences.

Both the Newsmakers forum and the Hunger Resource Fair are free and open to the public. Seats to the forum are limited, and RSVPs are required. Visit or call 828-774-5290 ext. 405 for more information, to reserve a spot or find out how to join the live stream.

The MItchell News

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