15 April 2022
Durham, N.C. — Many families are feeling the effects of rising inflation this Easter weekend. Food prepared at home costs nearly 10% more to make than it did a year ago, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
For local nonprofits, this weekend comes as a reminder for how many people in Durham are food insecure. Before the coronavirus pandemic, county officials said 1 in 4 Latino residents and 1 in 6 Black residents had to skip meals or eat less because they did not have enough money. Now, officials estimate that problem is even worse due to economic fallout from the pandemic.
The nonprofit Durham Rescue Mission is stepping in to help serve thousands of people across the Triangle who don’t have enough money to cook an Easter meal this year.
“It is just a time when the community comes together in ways that there’s no color, there’s no politics, there’s no nothing like that. It’s just people wanting to love on people and fellowship,” said Rob Tart, CEO of the Rescue Mission.
Organizers say it costs the Durham Rescue Mission around $17,000 to prepare 1,500 meals this weekend.
They group is in “dire” need of donations to help the costs and volunteers to help put food on people’s tables.
The free Easter meals and Easter baskets will be passed out from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Friday on 1201 East Main Street
in Durham. For more information, go to the Durham Rescue Mission’s website.