Local hotels and the Guilford County Hotel Association give back to the community

Local hotels and the Guilford County Hotel Association give back to the community

Local hotels and the Guilford County Hotel Association give back to the community through a variety of fundraising efforts, volunteer opportunities, and projects such as their ongoing Blanket and Linen drive that

allows hotels’ discarded items to help those in need through a variety of local charities.  This month they are helping the Out of the Garden Project.

Hunger robs children of their potential to grow and thrive every day. In Guilford County, our hunger statistics are staggering, with 2 of every 3 students needing free or reduced cost meals at school.  For some, this is their only weekly nourishment.  As the largest agency of its kind in the Piedmont Triad, Out of the Garden Project has distributed more than 6 million meals to families since 2009.  But the need is still great.

Kristy and Don Milholin formed Out of the Garden Project (OOTGP) in their home during the 2008-2009 school year when Kristy noticed several students struggling with food insecurity at their children’s school. The Milholins felt called to make a difference in these children’s lives and began packing weekend meal bags for these students and their families with the help of many friends. Since their humble beginnings, Out of the Garden Project has distributed 11 million meals to local families in need and is now the largest non-profit in the Triad with the mission of feeding children and their families. OOTGP’s programs include; Operation Backpack, Fresh Mobile Markets, Food Reclamation Initiative, Shared use kitchen, Urban Teaching Farm and the Summer Feeding Program.  Our work is only made possible by committed financial sponsors and more than 800 monthly volunteers every month.

Serving 3 million meals in 2018 alone, OOTGP’s newest project is the Urban Teaching Farm, opening in November of 2018, we are committed to teaching people how to grow food as well as become more sustainable by having 30 Harvest Boxes (community supported agriculture) committed for 2019.  Both the Farm and our Shared Use Kitchen are one-of-a-kind programs as OOTGP re-thinks how to care holistically for those living in poverty.  Their Fresh Mobile Markets are taken to more than 19 locations each month in Guilford County, providing families with more than 65 pounds of fresh produce, milk, meat, bread and shelf-stable items to help families in need.  For more information visit their web-site www.OutoftheGardenProject.org or contact Don@don@outofthegardenproject.org  or 336-430-6070 ext. 5.