Weaver Street Market supports community partners that share our vision of providing healthy food to those in need. Our community partners expanded their programs substantially during the pandemic to serve the record number of families at risk for food-insecurity. The need for hunger relief continues to grow as food inflation rises.
Rounding Up to Reduce Hunger
Our Community Food Partners and our FOOD for ALL program are the recipients of our Round Up program. Shoppers are offered the opportunity to “round up” their bill at the register or to purchase Round Up tokens when shopping online. Shoppers can also donate cash of any amount at the register. Recipients rotate throughout the year and differ by store—with stores rounding up for organizations that support the neighborhoods in which the stores are located.
Since 2015, shoppers have donated over $2 million to address food insecurity in our communities.
WSM’s Community Food Partners:
Your Round Up donations for A Place at the Table provide healthy meals for those who cannot pay for their meal. Each $10 donated pays for one meal. A Place at the Table is a non-profit pay-what-you-can café where everyone in the community, regardless of means, can come together to share a meal. The café, which is located in downtown Raleigh, serves breakfast and lunch Tuesday through Sunday. The café features community-friendly dining both indoors and outdoors, and the menu features “feel good food” that’s culturally friendly, fresh, healthy, and fun. The café provides from 100 to 150 meals pay-what-you-can-meals daily for individuals who cannot afford to pay the full price of their meal, with 30 to 40 volunteering daily for their meal. Learn more about A Place at the Table.
Grow to Life
Grow to Life, a local, Black-led food justice organization, is one of our newest partners. Round up donations support the organization’s advocacy work for food and nutrition equity. in our communities. Grow to Life provides access to culturally recognizable nutrition and education for under-resourced community members. Donations from the first Grow to Life round up helped the organization source fresh produce for its complimentary, healthy, and nutritious food distributions throughout Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and Orange County. Grow to Life sources fresh produce from local Black farmers as much as possible. A core component and passion of Grow to Life’s programs is fostering relationships with local elementary, high school, and college students (our future leaders) from UNC and NCCU by providing service-learning opportunities. You can follow @growtolifeorg on lnstagram or email firstname.lastname@example.org to connect.
Inter-Faith Council for Social Services (IFC)
Your round up donations for Inter-Faith Council for Social Services provide fresh vegetables, fruit, and dairy for families shopping at IFC’s food pantry—Community Market. Community Market, located in the new IFC Commons facility, is a member-choice food pantry that allows members to shop for themselves and make food choices most appropriate for their families. Qualifying families receive approximately one week’s worth of groceries once a month. The pantry provides more than 1,500 bags of groceries each month to food-insecure individuals and families who live or work in Chapel Hill or Carrboro. IFC has been a trusted provider of social safety net services in our community for almost six decades. The organization offers crisis services for people experiencing poverty and homelessness, as well as voting outreach, leadership development, and social justice initiatives. Learn more about Inter-Faith Council.
Marian Cheek Jackson Center
Grocery Deliveries /Comida Celestial began in 2002 as a ministry of St. Joseph C.M.E. Church when Reverend Troy Harrison and his wife Bernice Harrison began collecting bread from the Entenmann’s factory and distributing it to members of the church. Today, Grocery Deliveries reclaims food from three grocery stores and serves an estimated 3,500 individuals a month from at least five different counties. The food bank is open five days a week for distribution. In recent months, the food bank has had to discontinue weekend pickups due to limited numbers of volunteers. This work is completed with the collaboration of local church members, UNC-Chapel Hill students, and other individuals from the community who sort, clean, and distribute all food. Groceries are provided for every person that arrives at our doors, there are neither restrictions nor requirements necessary to be given food. We are one of the only North Carolina certified food banks that allows patrons to select their own food, which provides each person the opportunity to choose food he or she will enjoy and that adheres to particular food traditions. This model is meant to honor individuals’ preferences and dignity during the act of receiving food from a food bank. Learn more about Marian Cheek Jackson Center.
Meals on Wheel Orange County, NC (MOWOCNC)
Your Round Up donations for Meals on Wheels Orange County, NC (MOWOCNC) provide fresh fruit to accompany the hot nutritious meals provided Monday through Friday for seniors and disabled adults in Chapel Hill, Carrboro, and rural Orange County who do not have access to, or the ability to prepare, healthy meals. Each meal includes milk, fresh fruit, and a homemade dessert. The volunteers who deliver the meals provide friendly check-in visits and help connect the recipients with needed services. Since 2019 MOWOCNC has increased its meal delivery by 39%, currently serving 270 meals daily. The organization relies on a volunteer staff of 400 to help with packing, deliveries, and check-in visits and calls. Learn more about Meals on Wheels Orange County, NC.
Your Round Up donations at our Raleigh store provide fresh vegetables, fruit, and dairy for Neighborfood Express. Neighborfood Express delivers free weekly healthy groceries and supplies to families living in food insecure neighborhoods in Southeast and East Raleigh. Many of these residents lack both transportation and physical proximity to available food sources. Launched in November 2020, Neighborfood Express has delivered more than 136,000 pounds of food, along with more 12,000 free books for kids, 120 computers for kids, and over a 1,000 diaper packs. The organization has provided referrals for additional support services to 266 individuals. Neighborfood Express is a program of the Marcus Harris Foundation. Learn more about Neighborfood Express.
Orange Congregations in Mission (OCIM)
Your Round Up donations for Orange Congregations in Mission (OCIM) provide fresh vegetables, fruit, and dairy for OCIM’s food pantry and fresh fruit for the OCIM’s Meals on Wheels program. In 2021, more than 8,240 individuals (including 2,089 children) received food through the food pantry, which received 164,329 pounds in donated food. OCIM relies on volunteers to fill more than 80 volunteer slots each month to keep the pantry running. OCIM’s ministries include its Samaritan Relief (which includes the food pantry and financial aid), a Thrift Shop, and its Meals on Wheels program. Each weekday, approximately 40 seniors in Hillsborough and parts of rural Orange County receive hot meals through OCIM’s MOW program. OCIM recently celebrated its 40th anniversary of serving families in need. Learn more about OCIM.
Orange County Schools (OCS)
Your Round Up donations for Orange County Schools provide bags of fresh vegetables, fruit, dairy, and non-perishables for students at risk for hunger over the winter and spring school breaks when they do not have access to free and reduced school meals. In 2022, Weaver Street partnered with OCS to provide more than 21 pallets of healthy food for 588 kids from six elementary schools—Central Elementary, Efland Cheeks Global, Grady A. Brown, Gravelly Hill, New Hope Elementary, and Pathways—as well as Partnership Academy and A.L. Stanback Middle School. Staff, volunteers, and parents sort the food, bag bulk items such as beans and rice, and help connect the food with the students’ parents. This year we added a round up campaign to stock up the school-wide food pantry with groceries for families with emergency food needs. Learn more about OCS.
PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro
Your Round Up donations help provide fresh vegetables and fruit for PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro’s Food for Families program. Each month more than 600 families (2,500 individuals including 1,400 children!) receive a large box of fresh produce, as well as eggs, milk, chicken, a bag of non-perishables, and grocery gift cards. The gift cards give families the ability to choose and purchase needed and preferred foods, as well as household items not typically covered by SNAP or WIC. The non-perishable products are donated through monthly PORCH neighborhood food drives. In addition to sourcing produce from Weaver Street, PORCH sources food from other local suppliers, including Transplanting Traditions Community Farm, The Produce Box, and Farmer Foodshare. In 2022, to meet the increased need for their services, PORCH provided a record amount of hunger relief—$824,952 in fresh food, non-perishable food, and grocery gift card support. Learn more about PORCH Chapel Hill-Carrboro.
Your Round Up donations help support PORCH Hillsborough, a dynamic community of volunteers committed to fighting hunger in northern Orange County. In partnership with Weaver Street Market, PORCH Hillsborough provides a box of fresh vegetables, fruit, and eggs each month to more than 150 Orange County Schools families identified as food insecure by school social workers. This initiative combines PORCH Fresh and Food for Pantries, two of the organization’s six core programs; the other four supplement snacks in public schools and Head Start, distribute food in underserved neighborhoods, support community gardens, and provide emergency relief. To learn more and find out how you can help, visit PORCH Hillsborough.
This fall, PORCH Raleigh joins our round up program as a first-time recipient. Round up donations will provide fresh produce for the organization’s newly launched Food for Families program. Recipients of the Food for Families program receive boxes of fresh produce, dairy, and meat as well as boxes of non-perishables collected through monthly PORCH neighborhood food drives. PORCH Raleigh is planning for strategic growth of the program in collaboration with NCPTA, Wake County Public Schools, and Wake County officials. Since 2013, PORCH Raleigh has provided food and resources for food insecure families served through multiple partner organizations in Wake County, including Backpack Buddies, school food pantries, and community pantries. Learn more about PORCH Raleigh.
Your Round Up for TABLE supports their food access programs, through which TABLE is currently feeding an average of 800 children every week. With this community support, TABLE is able to fill bags with a variety of fresh produce and healthy non-perishables that are then delivered directly to children’s doorsteps. The bags that TABLE assembles every week contain on average 10 healthy meals and snacks. Once a month, TABLE also includes a fun recipe and food facts into each bag, so families can cook meals together while children learn about healthy eating habits. Learn more about TABLE and how you can help.