Who is NourishNC? A Look Back at 2020 Steve McCrossan, Executive Director As I reflect on NourishNC in 2020, I am going to refrain from playing Buzzword Bingo. I just can’t do it. You’ve heard these terms for 9 months now: “unprecedented times,” “challenging/difficult/any synonym times,” “pivot,” “innovate,” “better together,” “now, more than ever,” etc. [...]
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While 2020 has been a doozy in many ways, NourishNC and its team of employees and Board members have been recognized by numerous institutions! The team members and the agency may get the limelight, but that drive to eliminate childhood hunger is fueled by the AMAZING support of the Wilmington community, donors, volunteers, and [...]
Steve McCrossan, Executive Director Did you know that research studies on developing a COVID-19 vaccine are happening right here in Wilmington!? That’s right, our friends at PMG-Research are actively working on many different studies, including COVID-19. But making a profound global impact isn’t enough for the folks at PMG-Research, they also want to make their [...]
Steve McCrossan, Executive Director In short? Keep going. Ok, you asked, so here is the much longer version: Continue to Operate Our No Contact Food Distribution Drive-Thru We opened the drive-thru for kids on our Backpack Program on March 17 and never stopped. Moving forward, the drive-thru will open 2-3 times per month and will [...]
Steve McCrossan, Executive Director Did you know that NourishNC owns the old China King buffet on Market Street? It’s true! This past winter we took out a loan and purchased the 2-acre lot and the crumbling restaurant slouching upon it. You see, our vision to be “anywhere and everywhere” our kids need food is being [...]
NourishNC stands in solidarity with those seeking justice for George Floyd and the countless other black and brown people who have faced systemic violence for far too long. But the reality is, these are just words, well-meaning, but meaningless without action. NourishNC, and I as a white leader, must do better than pen well-meaning words [...]
Author: Amanda Boomershine UNC Wilmington Latino Alliance For the first time in over a century, the entire world is faced with a global pandemic that has killed hundreds of thousands of people, including almost 1,000 here in North Carolina. This deadly virus has far-reaching impacts for everyone, including impacts on your health, education, well-being, and daily life. [...]
Author: Sarah Brinson School Social Worker, New Hanover County Schools As the days have turned into weeks, and the weeks have turned into months, School Social Workers throughout the county have been working hard to overcome a number of unique challenges we never thought we’d have to face. For all of us, our work in schools [...]
Author: Rebecca Porter NourishNC's Programs Intern As a senior student trying to wrap up college and graduate this May at the University of North Carolina Wilmington, a lot of theoretical scenarios have been running through my mind. Will I be living alone in an unfamiliar city starting a new job or will I be staying in Wilmington post-college? Will I be financially stable? Will my lifestyle [...]
Author: Sarah Pearce School Social Worker, New Hanover County Schools "What's it like to be a school social worker during the pandemic?" I have received this question from friends and family many times since school closed mid-March. The answer is far from simple, and involves an understanding of what a school social worker does when there [...]