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Voluntourism Spotlight: North Carolina Farmer Foodshare

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challenge-jfw_DSC_0981Farmers markets shouldn’t just be a luxury. In North Carolina, the Farmer Foodshare is working the make sure those with the most need have access to farm-fresh produce. Find out how in this week’s spotlight and tune into Peter Greenberg Worldwide this weekend for more information about this and other voluntourism opportunities.

The Farmer Foodshare connects the people who grow food with the people who need it the most. Since its formation in 2009, the Farmer Foodshare has helped facilitate getting 140,000 pounds of food to those in need. Although the bulk of distribution takes place in or around Raleigh, North Carolina, donation stations are dispersed through seven counties of the state.

Currently, North Carolina ranks in the top ten states for food insecurity in America. One out of every five children in the state does not have enough to meet daily nutritional needs. Farmer Foodshare works to end hunger and malnutrition. The food supplied to groups and individuals ensures underprivileged members of the community get an opportunity to have fresh and nutritional meals.

There are several ways to get involved in the organization whether you are in North Carolina on extended stay or just passing through. Those looking for a longer commitment may join the Food Ambassadors. These individuals help teach preparation, storage, and provide educational tools for people to bridge the gaps of healthy eating. Donation Stations are set up at 16 farmers markets and those passing through can volunteer on a one-time basis.

There are no age limits to volunteering with the Farmer Foodshare. There are family-friendly volunteer opportunities and they have flexible volunteer schedules.

Contact Katy Phillips at to learn how you can get involved.

By Darra Stone for