Fayetteville Food Pantry serves Community

With poverty and food insecurity being a prominent issue in Robeson County and downtown Fayetteville, North Carolina, many churches in the community have opened food pantry’s to help those who are in need. Among those churches is True Vine Ministries, located on Morganton road in Fayetteville, North Carolina.

True Vine’s food pantry is called Liberty Place. The pantry leader is Terrie Cobb. Cobb is a member of True Vine Ministries. Her passion for helping others is what led her to become the leader of the Liberty Place food pantry. With the help of several other church members, the pantry serves the community on Tuesdays and Thursday’s every week.

“This was just something  I knew I needed to do. The Lord led me in this direction so I am going to continue to do His will”, Cobb said.

The food for the pantry is supplied by Second Harvest Food Bank in Fayetteville, North Carolina. The food includes meat, canned food, eggs, cereal, candy, baby food, baby formula, and much more.

The pantry also provides other basic needs such as toilet tissue, deodorant, tooth paste, detergent, and more.

“We try to make sure that everyone that comes to the pantry gets what they need to make it through the week”, Cobb said.

According to the pantry’s records, majority of the pantry’s visitors live in or around the downtown Fayetteville area, and parts of Robeson County.

“We know it’s a serious need when they travel all the way from Robeson County to get food and other basic necessities”, Cobb said.

Liberty Place food pantry will be giving away turkey’s and ham’s for the holidays.

Terrie and a local pantry volunteer pose for a quick photo while preparing food boxes.
Terrie and a local pantry volunteer pose for a quick photo while preparing food boxes.

Unusual Use of Baking Soda

Baking soda can be used for a number of purposes. For example, cleaning, brushing teeth, and cooking. Christina Pennie, a resident of Fayetteville, North Carolina uses baking soda to cure the common cold or sinus infection.

“My granddaughter was sick one day and I just had to think fast. I researched a few home remedies, and thats when I went in my kitchen and combined some things and it knocked the cold right out of her,” Christina said.

The vapor rub disks that Christina makes are made of cornstarch, vicks vapor rub, water, and baking soda.  The recipe is as follows;

1 Cup of baking soda

1/2 Cup of cornstarch

1/3-1/2 Cup of water

2-3 Teaspoons of vicks vapor rub

To make the vapor disks, melt vicks vapor rub in heated water. Then add the baking soda and cornstarch. Mix this together. Next, line a muffin tin with paper cups and fill the cups halfway with the mixture. Let them sit overnight to dry. Remove the disks thw next and store them in an airtight container until use.

The Borgen Project Strives to Gain Political Attention


Despite the common misperceptions that many Americans have regarding the U.S’s foreign policy spending, only .2% of the U.S.’s total spending is actually given to assist those in extreme poverty abroad. Other wealthy developed countries are more giving and compassionate to  the cause. The U.S. should be doing the same.

The U.S. is a world superpower and if everyone works together, that power can be channeled  into improving the lives of the less fortunate through funding global poverty reducing programs.

Every contribution could go towards U.S. created programs to improve water quality conditions in resource scarce countries, provide vaccines for preventable epidemics to reduce infant mortality and maternal deaths, build healthcare facilities or provide quality education for young children. Every dollar makes a difference in allowing the implementation of these program types to be successful.

Sources: Read more about The Borgen Project at http://borgenproject.org/foreign-aid/.

The photo’s seen in the video above were retrieved from:


The Borgen Project fights Poverty

The number of people suffering from hunger is greater than the population of the U.S., Canada and EU combined. Poverty. A seven letter word that has stricken so many places around the world. With poverty comes hunger, homelessness, depression, and so much more. That’s why initiatives such as The Borgen Project exist. The Borgen Project is an innovative, national campaign working to make global poverty a focus of U.S. foreign policy. This organization was formed in 2003 in Seattle, Washington. With 220 volunteer cities, the Borgen Project has one goal, to fight extreme poverty.

The Borgen Project’s focus of advocacy is global food security, food aid reform, newborn, child, and mother survival, access to clean water, sanitation and power. Their methodology, which is stated on the website is as follows; “From ending segregation to providing women with the right to vote, nearly every wrong ever righted in history was achieved through advocacy. The Borgen Project addresses the big picture. We operate at the political level advancing policies and programs that improve living conditions for those living on less than $1 per day”.

There are many global issues that are a result of poverty.  Did you know that almost 3 billion people lack access to toilets and almost 1 billion lack access to clean drinking water? Almost 200 million children under the age of 5 in developing regions are underweight for their age. 179 million infants in the least developed countries are not protected from diseases by routine immunization. 3.2 million children under the age of 15 currently live with HIV. 161 million children do not attend primary school.

The Borgen Project support The Global Food Security Act of 2016. This important piece of legislation will help fight global hunger and combat the cycle of poverty in the world’s most vulnerable communities while advancing U.S. interests abroad. This bill also requires the President to develop and implement a Global Food Security Strategy to promote global food security, resilience, and nutrition.


Haylee Garner, an intern for The Borgen Project says that she Is “trying to build political support for the Food for Peace Reform Act”. She has reached out to Facebook with the hopes of getting people to sign a form to advocate the Food Aid Reform. This passing of this bill will cause the USAID to provide funding to improve nutrition and food quality for malnourished citizens in under developed countries.




If anyone is interested in making a donation to The Borgen Project, donations can be made on their Facebook page.

Click the link below to see a video of Haylee Garner discussing The Borgen Project.






Intern explains what Connections of Cumberland County is all About

The doors of Connections of Cumberland County in Fayetteville, North Carolina were opened in July of 2014. Connections caters to women and children in Cumberland County. With poverty being prominent in downtown Fayetteville, Connections is somewhat of a safe haven for women and children in need of basic necessities. At connections, the mission is to collaborate with all community resources to empower women and children who are homeless or at risk of homelessness to become self reliant.

The services offered at Connections are as follows; Day resource center with case management, Connect-2-Redirect Program (C2R), and the intern learning lab. Among the many faces at Connections, there is intern, Charmaile Pennie. She works alongside the case workers at Connections. As an intern Charmaile Is allowed the opportunity to experience real life cases and build her skill set. She is a master level social work student, so her knowledge in the field is fresh. After several sit downs and phone conversations, in a self recorded response to interview questions, Charmaile addressed what Connections is all about and what her primary tasks as an intern include.

There are many different types of women that come to Connections seeking help. “They all have a different story”, Pennie said.

Charmaile went into the field of social work because her grandparents taught her to be a good Samaritan. At Connections, she provides case management, and assisting in the day resource center.

“This is truly calling for life, it’s all a part of a bigger plan” Pennie said.

Last year Connections of Cumberland was recognized by the local newspaper, The Fayetteville
Observer. Their efforts to grow with the homeless have brought positive attention their way.

“It’ s really a great place. I like to help people so this internship allows me to do that”, Pennie said.

Charmaile is a professional in her own way because she has studied homelessness and poverty for many years. As she works toward earning more degree’s she is increasing her knowledge of these subjects and making plans to effectively change her community.

The internship with Connections has placed Charmaile on a professional level because she deals one on one, face to face, with women who are homeless and in need of assistance. She knows first hand what can be done to help them in their current situations.

When Charmaile goes out to begin her career, having Connections of Cumberland County on her resume will be a major plus. She is receiving top of the line experience In the field of social work.

“I have two daughters and they are my motivation”, Pennie said.

Charmaile can be contacted on her personal Facebook page.


Experts Dedicate Time to Research Poverty

With poverty being such a common issue around the world, it is important to know who is fighting to end it. There are experts all over that have dedicated years to finding a way to put an end to poverty. There are experts that research topics such as poverty, homelessness, and assistance programs. Among these experts are Sarah Burd-Sharps, Kevin C. Corinth, and Angela Rachidi.

Sarah Burd-Sharps is the co-director of the Measure of America Project, which is part of the Social Science Research Council. This project is set out to provide easy-to-use yet methodologically sound tools for understanding the distribution of well-being and opportunity in America and stimulating fact-based dialogue about issues we all care about: health, education, and living standards. (http://www.measureofamerica.org/project/) Burd-Sharps goal is to get anti-poverty activists and researchers, like herself, to work more closely. She contributed to the 2014 Hunger Report for Bread for the World. In the report, she and her colleague Kristen Lewis, shared information on how to reengage Americans in the search for lasting solutions. Burd-Sharps education and work background can be found on her linked-in page.

Kevin C. Corinth is a research fellow in economic studies at the American Enterprise Institute (AEI). The American Enterprise Institute is a public policy think tank dedicated to defending human dignity, expanding human potential, and building a freer and safer world. (https://www.aei.org/about/) Corinth has a bachelor’s degree in economics and political science from Boston College and a master’s and doctorate in economics from the University of Chicago. His main focus is homelessness and the programs and policies put in place to assist the homeless. Poverty is also part of Corinth’s research. His twitter page is dedicated to his research initiative to help the homeless. On August 5, he tweeted his plan for the next phase of homelessness policy. Corinth can be found on twitter @kevincorinth. Corinth’s education and work background can be found on his linked-in page.


Angela Rachidi is also a research fellow at AEI. Her research areas are poverty assistance to low- income families, and low income support programs. The programs include; TANF, SNAP (food stamps), impact of EITC, workforce development programs, and child support enforcement programs. Rachidi is an expert because she has a Ph.D. in social welfare policy from The New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy.  She also has a masters of public administration from Northern Illinois University and a B.S. in public administration from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater. The experts at AEI not only engage in research that focuses on today’s most critical challenges but also look ahead to ideas and issues that have yet to be widely recognized. Rachidi can be found on twitter @AngelaRachidi and on linked-in. Her education and work background can be found on her linked-in page as well.




The World Food Programme Fights Hunger Everywhere

Remember the commercials that came on every Sunday morning, showing the faces of many adults and children that were starving and did not have anything to eat, or even a place to sleep at night? All over the world there are people who are starving and in need of food and shelter. The World Food Programme (WFP) has made it a goal to fight the hunger worldwide. WFP is the largest humanitarian agency fighting hunger. The program is funded entirely by voluntary donations. Many stories of adults and children all across the world who go to bed hungry can be seen on WFP’s twitter account. The issue of hunger and poverty is very prominent in Africa. But to bring it closer to home, Robeson County in North Carolina has been named one of the poorest counties in the United States. Programs like WFP are needed in that area.

WFP tweeted:

With urgent & ambitious climate action, we can ensure ‪#foodsecurity.

According to the graphic in the tweet the method is as follows; 1. Address causes and consequence of climate change. 2. Flexible and predictable funding.  3. Link social protection and adaptation.

The WFP has a strategic plan to ending world hunger. The plan includes four objectives;

  1. Save lives and protect livelihoods in emergencies;
  2. Support food security and nutrition and (re)build livelihoods in fragile settings and following emergencies;
  3. Reduce risk and enable people, communities and countries to meet their own food and nutrition needs;
  4. Reduce undernutrition and break the intergenerational cycle of hunger.

In effort to promote the cause, WFP has taken to social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Linked In, and Google+. WFP is a trending topic. Connecting Robeson County and the WFP could help the community feed those that are homeless or less fortunate. Food insecurity is a big deal.

WTP’s slogan states:

Hunger feeds on disease, conflict, poverty, inequality and climate change. But we can solve hunger and you can help.

WFP provides food assistance to over 76 million people in 81 countries. This is done by focusing on the most vulnerable situations in developing countries. With poverty comes many things; hunger, homelessness, jobless, food insecurity, and more.  Due to the prominent issue of poverty and hunger in Robeson County, there are many different services that are provided to help those who are in need. The World Food Programme should be added to that list.

Check out this infographic I created with hunger statistics:

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Poverty proves Prominent Issue in Robeson County

The focus of this website is all things life. This includes family, news, entertainment, health, and much more. There is an issue that is present in a county in North Carolina. This is issue cannot go unseen or unheard for much longer. It is a community in need of help. A major state magazine is reporting in its latest edition that Robeson County has more people living under the poverty level than any other county in North Carolina with a population of greater than 65,000.

Robeson County, with its 15 small cities, is home to the city that has been recorded as the poorest city in the United States. That city is Lumberton, North Carolina. The last updated median income report stated that the median income for Lumberton in 2013 was 28,293, with a population of 135,517.  Out of 3,143 counties in the United States, Robeson County ranks 80th. The news in Robeson County is even worse. According to a recently released report from the N.C. Justice Center’s Budget and Tax Center, a full 33 percent of Robeson County residents —250 percent higher than the national average — live in poverty, and almost half of those 43,000 people have to worry about where they will get their next meal. 

With poverty comes many things; hunger, homelessness, jobless, food insecurity, and more.  Due to the prominent issue of poverty and hunger in Robeson County, there are many different services that are provided to help those who are in need.

The continuous increase of poverty in Robeson County is due to the economic and social impact of job loss. Many years ago, Robeson County had plenty of jobs to offer. There were factories that needed workers and bakeries that needed bakers, but eventually the factories were shut down. The decline in manufacturing  left a lot of people without jobs.

The poverty came about due to a ripple effect of unfortunate events. First, the job loss. Second, the loss of household income. Third, loss of business tax. The cycle goes on and on. The lives of many people of the Lumbee tribe were effected. Robeson County is their home.

The goal has been to figure out what can be done to fix the issue of poverty in this county. Students at The University of North Carolina at Pembroke conducted a research project that could help come solutions to the issue. The university is located in Robeson County. Their solutions are as follows; Need for funding programs, such as a food pantry and community garden. Community involvement is a major need.

Hunger does not just exist in local Robeson County community members, as quiet as it is kept, there are students, faculty, and staff right on the campus of UNC Pembroke who are hungry or food insecure. In 2013, through a non-random sampling, 200 students across the campus were given an adaption of a U.S Department of Agriculture measure of food security. The survey results proved that 11.5 freshman, 20percent sophomores, 34 percent juniors, 31.5 percent seniors, and 1.5 percent graduate students were food insecure. This information was provided by Christie Poteet, the CARE Resource Center director at UNCP.


Take a look at the powerpoint I put together:

Hunger, Poverty & Food Insecurity in Rob. Co.


New Life Mission

The issue of poverty is widespread. There is a significant amount of homeless people in the United States. While this is true, there is not a lot being done to get some of the homeless people off of the street. New Life Mission founder Reverend Grace Kim, is taking action in her community the best way she can, by helping those who are in need. Reverend Kim is a religious leader and advocate for the homeless.

Reverend Kim felt that God led her to the area that she is in for a reason. Living in one of the poorest areas, downtown Fayetteville, Reverend Kim maintains a homeless shelter for men and women of all ages.  New Life Mission is a non profit organization that caters to  those who are in need of food and shelter. Reverend Kim believes that poverty is a serious issue in Cumberland and surrounding counties, especially Robeson, which is one of the poorest counties in the United States.

“Some people think of poverty and homelessness as a day job, but it doesn’t go away at night,” Reverend Kim said.

Reverend Kim’s homeless shelter is in an area that has been poverty stricken for many years. She says that the seriousness of poverty is at an all time high. Over the last few years, there have been several robberies at New Life Mission.

“They took the air conditioning units, lawn mowers, so much. That’s why it is hot in the shelter during the summer. We stay warm in the winter because we have a wood burner”, Reverend Kim said. During my interview with Reverend Kim, we both sat with sweat running down our faces and the sun beaming in from the front door. The air was thick and the smell was unforgettable.

Reverend Kim is an expert in the area of homelessness and veteran care. Five years ago, a man by the name of John Kiel came to New Life Mission covered in blood. He had been severely wounded.

“The wound was so bad that I could smell it”, Reverend Kim said.

After a few moments of trying to get an understanding of who the man was. Reverend Kim discovered that he was a veteran and needed medical attention immediately. She took him to the veteran’s hospital in Fayetteville, North Carolina where he was denied care. Reverend Kim took the situation into her own hands. She nursed John back to health, and now five years later, he is living at the homeless shelter.

“A lot of veterans are homeless. It’s sad to say, but it is true. I wish I could help them all, but I only have space here for very few. I need help,” Reverend Kim said.

Donations can be made to New Life Mission. Reverend Kim said that she can be contacted at 910-864-4678. She has asked that anyone who would like to volunteer please contact her as soon as possible.

Hear more of John’s story here:



**If you have questions concerning New Life Mission or anything in this article, feel free to email me. Jenking.Jasmin93@gmail.com**



Robeson County fights Poverty and Food Insecurity

Just taking a ride through Robeson County’s 15 cities: Red Springs, Pembroke, Fairmont, St. Pauls, Maxton, Rowland, Parkton, Orrum, Lumber Bridge, Rennert, Proctorville, Marietta, Rayham, McDonald and Lumberton shows how poverty has engulfed Robeson County. Robeson County is one of the poorest counties in the United States. In an American Community Survey from 2012, 34.50 percent of Robeson County was discovered to be below poverty. There are places in the county that provide help for those who are hungry or in need of shelter. In 2013, the News & Observer published an article about poverty in North Carolina. It was discovered that over a half-million households, in 2012, participated in the food stamp program. In Robeson County, that included 33 percent of families, the third-highest figure in the nation in counties over 65.

The county has the third-highest poverty level in the country for a county its size. Among the issues in the poverty stricken county, lies the issues of hunger and food insecurity. In 2013, 23 percent of Robeson County’s population was food insecure. That is 30,500 people. In the midst of those who are hungry and food insecure, there are children. USDA Economic Research Services showed that 50 million individuals in the United States are food insecure. Seven million of these individuals are children. 4-H Youth Development Extension Agent, Shea DeJarnette said that statewide, the estimate of youth that have food insecurities is one in four. A recent USDA study showed that North Carolina’s hunger numbers are increasing. However, even with the increase over the last few years the USDA is reporting food insecurities statewide at just over 15% which equates more to one in six.

“Kids often do not say “I’m hungry, I don’t get enough to eat.” However when you sit down they eat everything in sight and want more, often you question if it is a growing child or a hungry child”, DeJarnette said. She works at the Robeson County Cooperative Extension (RCCE). RCCE Is affiliated with North Carolina State University and A&T. “I can tell you that Robeson County 4-H works with communities in schools to offer food for their backpack pals program,” DeJarnette said. The backpack pals program gives students in specific elementary schools backpacks of food on Friday so they will have three meals a day over the weekend.

The Church and Community Center in Red Springs helps those who are in need of food. They provide quarterly food boxes and Second Harvest daily.

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