For the last several years, T. Greg Doucette and his friend Turquoise, a teacher for Durham Public Schools, have been organizing a December food drive with the aim of making sure none of Turquoise’s elementary school students went hungry over the long holiday break. For many children in low income areas, school meals may be the only real meal they get each day. Long breaks off from school means they will go hungry. The aim of the Bull City Foodraiser is to help eliminate that.
Each year, the Bull City Foodraiser has grown by leaps and bounds. This year, more than $13,000 was donated to help purchase the food. Considering that the $6,000 raised in 2018 required an army of SUVs to get all the food delivered to the school, we knew we would need reinforcements this year. Lowe’s in Durham to the rescue! Not only did they donate a truck to help us transport all the food, but they also donated manpower to help us unload everything once we arrived at Lakewood Elementary.
Volunteers spent several hours sorting pallets and moving the food into the school library. More volunteers spent the following day sorting all the food into bags. On the last day of school before break, more than 1,000 students at two elementary schools received a food bag to take home. What a day!