A donation in the amount of $10,000 was received by the Triad Dream Center from a donor who requested to remain anonymous. This generous donation, in support of all of our programs, will enable the Triad Dream Center to continue our mission of serving those in need in our community.
The Care & Share food pantry served over 8,700 households or over 21,000 individuals with more than 450,000 pounds of food in 2018, a 26% increase in food distribution over our previous year. Partnering with various organizations, we provided an array of nutritious food to Forsyth County’s economically challenged families. Based on information collected by Second Harvest Food Bank, Forsyth County has a 16% food insecurity rate for all residents. When considering the child food insecurity rate, 22% or more than one out of every five children is food insecure. The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as a lack of consistent access to enough food for an active, healthy life.
Federal and state government program allocations have decreased, but our client numbers have increased. This anonymous donation will allow us to continue to serve the residents of Forsyth County with the most basic of needs – food.
Outreach Alliance for Babies Will Also Benefit
The donation will also assist Outreach Alliance for Babies in helping newborns. Outreach Alliance for Babies served 236 families last year through our partnership with 11 other agencies. Our partner agencies provide parenting classes which includes special safe sleep training to new mothers in our local community. Outreach Alliance for Babies provides safe sleep kits and other supplies to program graduates.
Based on an article in the Winston-Salem Journal, the infant mortality rate rose in 2017 for the third consecutive year. Parenting classes and safe sleep training and kits are considered to be contributory in combating this situation.
The costs for supplying clothing and other baby necessities continues to increase. The price for simple items such as pacifiers has doubled from what it was a year ago. Allocations from this donation will insure that we are able to continue to supply safe sleep kits to families in the local area.
If you are interested in hosting a food drive or coordinating a collection drive for layette items, please contact our office at 336-744-3632. Monetary donations are gladly accepted through our website under the “donate” tab or they can be mailed to our street address: 3650-J Patterson Ave, Winston-Salem, NC 27105.