Free market feeds needy in Edgecombe County
Posted July 23, 2014
Updated July 24, 2014
Edgecombe County, N.C. — In a small community of the east side of Edgecombe County and on the edge of desperation, the monthly delivery from the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is a welcome sight.
On the fourth Wednesday of every month, food shuttle volunteers at a Mobile Food Market sort, sack and send food home with people who may otherwise go hungry.
"There's a need in the community and we're trying to supply that need," said Clarence Givens. "We help somebody to help somebody else. It's like a chain reaction."
The need for easy access to affordable, healthy food is not unique to Princeville, and the volunteers are aware of the part they play. Where can I get food?
"It's global, but I will do what I can to reach as many as I can," said Doris Sessoms, food coordinator for the Mobile Food Market.
"I don't think we can end hunger, but we can help hunger along the way," Givens added. "I don't think we can end it, but we can at least try to put a dent in it."
The free food market serves young, old, black, white.
Renea Pittman is a single mother and shops the market to feed her family.
"Food is so expensive, it's been helping me out a lot," she said.
"They will eat better, you know, with the variety of fruits and vegetables."
Six hours before the free market opened, a 76-year-old man stood in line. That farmer, who said an economic setback brought him to the market, was too proud to give his name.
"It's a blessing," Pittman said. "It's going to help a whole lot of people out."
Wednesday's Mobile Food Market served more than 250 families, or about 600 people, Sessoms said.
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle programs serve seven counties in central North Carolina: Wake, Durham, Orange, Chatham, Johnston, Nash and Edgecombe.