Sunnyside Ministry announces a new and innovative event to bring awareness to one of the biggest, but all too often overlooked, social and environmental issues of our time: food waste. You’ve heard about dumpster diving, but how about dumpster dining? Participants in the event will have the chance to enjoy a delicious meal prepared by a local chef that is comprised of foods most typically wasted, such as produce and seafood. What’s even more unique about this meal is that it will be served in a clean and sanitized construction dumpster located in the heart of Winston-Salem. During the meal, attendees will participate in mealtime conversations that revolve around the topics of food waste and food insecurity along with the brainstorming of ideas on how these issues can be addressed.
Dinners begin at 7PM and tickets are $75 and can be purchased by calling Sunnyside Ministry Office at 336-724-7558.
A Meal With A Meaning Dinners will be held on Tuesday, September 18th; Wednesday, September 19th; and Thursday, September 20th. Seating is limited. Proceeds from the dinners benefit Sunnyside Ministry, whose food pantry salvages thousands of pounds of food from local grocery stores and restaurants to help feed over one thousand additional people per year.
The Meal With A Meaning Dinners are a timely event due to statistics that have been released in the past few years. According to Healthways Gallup Poll Food Research and Action Center, the Winston-Salem area ranks #16 in the top 20 worst in the nation for families with children reporting food insecurity. County Health Ranking and Roadmaps, a program provided by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, cites that Davidson County, 25,900 people are food insecure, which is 16% of population. North Carolina ranked as the 10th hungriest state in the nation in the USDA’s Food Insecurity Report for 2016.
The mission of Sunnyside Ministry is to follow Christ by providing hope through service, education and empowerment to those in need within our community. Following Christ by Empowering Others. This is accomplished through service, primarily in Southern Forsyth and Northern Davidson Counties, with Food, Clothing, Financial Assistance as well as education and empowerment programming.