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GREENSBOROW, NC (WGHP) — Approximately 1 in 5 people in Guildford County and Winston-Salem are food insecure, and that’s a lot more than most of the country.

Therefore, volunteers Project “Outside the Garden” so dedicated to making sure the people in the Piedmont triad have access to the food they need.

The history of the Out of the Garden project began in 2009.

Don and Kristi Milholin’s children were walking to Morehead Elementary School when they noticed that several of their classmates were struggling to get the food they needed outside of school.

“We felt called to help make a difference in the lives of these children, and so we started what would eventually become the Out of the Garden project in our home at the dinner table,” they said.

It all started with the Milholins preparing a small package of food every Friday for six to ten families. It is hoped that this small act will help families get through the weekend.

What you might not know is that Winston Salem is ranked 7th in the United States for food security and Greensboro High Point is ranked 14th, according to Data from the Center for Food Research and Action 2016-2017.

As a state, North Carolina ranks 17th in the United States in terms of food security. South Carolina ranked 7th and Mississippi ranked 1st.

“The free and inexpensive meals they get at school are helpful, but more can and should be done to help these children,” the Milholins said. “The fact is that without adequate nutrition, the brain and body of children will struggle to grow. This makes learning more difficult and their future more precarious. Thanks to you, we do not stand idly by.”

State Level of food difficulty classify
Bakersfield, California 23.20% one
Youngstown-Warren-Boardman, Ohio, Pennsylvania 22.00% 2
Fresno, California 22.00% 3
Jackson, Massachusetts 21.30% four
New Orleans-Meteri, Louisiana 21.10% 5
Memphis, TN-MS-AR 20.70% 6
Winston-Salem, North Carolina 20.20% 7
Baton Rouge, Louisiana 20.10% eight
Albuquerque, New Mexico 20.00% 9
Columbia, South Carolina 19.50% ten
Augusta-Richmond County, Georgia-South Carolina 19.40% eleven
Tulsa, OK 19.30% 12
El Paso, Texas 19.20% 13
Greensboro High Point, North Carolina 19.20% fourteen
Oklahoma City, OK 19.20% fifteen
Lakeland Winter Haven, Florida 19.10% 16
Deltona-Daytona Beach-Ormond Beach, Florida 18.80% 17
Little Rock North Little Rock Conway, Arkansas 18.40% eighteen
Tampa St. Petersburg-Clearwater, Florida 18.30% 19
Orlando-Kissimmee-Sanford, Florida 18.20% twenty

The Out of the Garden Project is now the largest organization of its kind in the Triad.

They serve 2,000 students and families in the Piedmont Triad each week, and distribute 325,000 meals a month. They handed out 4 million meals last year. And that’s just the impact they have by packaging and distributing food.

While donations and volunteer support are a huge help to the Out of the Garden project, they needed a way to become more independent and sustainable. In November 2018 they launched Urban Learning Farm Initiative with the “goal of being a financially, environmentally and culturally sustainable farm so we can improve access to fresh produce and provide learning opportunities in our community.” The farm allows the Out of the Garden project to train people in farming and farming skills so they can grow their own food.

The Out of the Garden project also carries out shared professional kitchen at 3910 Clifton Road in Greensboro. This kitchen gives local chefs and entrepreneurs who can’t afford their own commercial kitchen a place to prepare food, whether it’s selling or training. The kitchen has a 6-burner commercial stove, convection oven, 10 and 20 liter mixers, microwave, stainless steel tables for safe and hygienic food preparation, an industrial refrigerator for cooling during production, and an enclosed space with shelves for dry food. storage.

Project Out of the Garden has changed the Triad a lot, but they still need help. They could always use extra hands to help pacc and food distribution. The FOX8 family was able to contribute to Founders Care Day in June, so we can tell you first hand: you won’t regret it.

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