#GivingTuesday

Dear Friend,

During this time of Thanksgiving, I want to extend my gratitude for all that you're doing to make our community a better place.  In this giving spirit, on Tuesday, November 29, 2016, The Cecilia Rawlins Fund is participating in #GivingTuesday, a global day dedicated to giving.

Since its founding in 2012, #GivingTuesday has inspired giving around the world, resulting in greater donations, volunteer hours, and activities that bring about real change in communities.  We encourage you to join the movement this year by making a donation to The Cecilia Rawlins Fund at: http://rawlinsfund.org/

The Cecilia Rawlins Fund is a 501 (c)(3) organization named in honor of beloved Wiley Elementary School principal Cecilia Rawlins. Its mission is to support Wiley children and families in crisis.

The primary purpose of the Cecilia Rawlins Fund is to provide weekend food for food-insecure families during the school year. But, The Fund has also helped buy glasses, coats, shoes and pay one time emergency bill assistance.

North Carolina has the 8th highest rate of food insecurity in the nation! 

And, studies show that food insecurity effects children more deeply and more prevalently. Removing hunger from the equation for our students improves individual achievement and the educational experience for all. 

Through generous donations like yours, we are able to provide nutritious food to be sent home weekends during the school year with Wiley students experiencing food stress.  Through community support, the Fund currently assists 29 students for the entire school year, but, with your help, we could do more.

  • $350 feeds a child for an entire year
  • $175 feeds a child for a semester
  • $39 feeds a child for a month

100% of your donation goes directly to feeding children who may otherwise go without weekend food.

Thanks for your consideration, and Happy Thanksgiving!

Kathleen Lowe, Chair

Cecilia Rawlins Fund Board

http://rawlinsfund.org/

 

The Cecilia Rawlins Fund is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization.  No consideration is given in exchange for donations.  Contributions to the organization are deductible under section 170 of the Internal Revenue Code.

 

Hunger in North Carolina

North Carolina has one the highest percentages in the United States of children under 18 years of age who are food insecure on a regular basis:  in NC almost 1 in 4. (24.6%)

Between 2010-16 North Carolina regularly ranked among the top ten states with the highest percentage of citizens experiencing food shortages; over 1,764,000 of our neighbors  - nearly one in six.

  • Approximately 160,000 different people in NC receive emergency food assistance in any given weekThis is equivalent to feeding nearly every resident of Asheville, Chapel Hill and Elizabeth City every week.

  • North Carolina also ranks in the fifteen worst states in the percentage of children under 18 who are lacking food on a regular basis.

  • 81% of NC households  receiving food assistance don’t know where their next meal is coming from.

  • 36% of food pantries in NC have had to turn people away for a lack of food to give them.

  • 73% of the NC households we serve have had to choose between paying for food or paying for health care or medicine.
  • 75% of households served by food banks have had to choose between buying food and heating their homes.

  • 61% of families served by food banks have been forced to choose between paying for food or paying for housing.

  • An estimated 22% of client households have a member who has served in the military; 6% have a member currently serving.

For more information see:  http://ncfoodbanks.org/hunger-in-north-carolina/

Cecilia Rawlins Fund in the News

From food shuttle volunteer to staffer, Raleigh mom finds career helping kids Former CRF Board President Julie Cox: "I discovered Inter-Faith Food Shuttle while my children were at Wiley Elementary. Along with some other parents, I helped start The Cecilia Rawlins Fund, a foundation named after a former Wiley principal. We raised money to fund part of Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s BackPack Buddies program at Wiley (the rest of the bags are sponsored by St. Michael’s Episcopal Church). The CRF also helps pay for crisis needs of Wiley students and their families - glasses, shoes, one-time bill assistance. The CRF started with BackPacks for 11 students and, last year, provided weekend food for 26. At Wiley, I also volunteered in the classroom and served on several Support Circle groups to help families transitioning out of homelessness."

From food shuttle volunteer to staffer, Raleigh mom finds career helping kids

Former CRF Board President Julie Cox:

"I discovered Inter-Faith Food Shuttle while my children were at Wiley Elementary. Along with some other parents, I helped start The Cecilia Rawlins Fund, a foundation named after a former Wiley principal. We raised money to fund part of Inter-Faith Food Shuttle’s BackPack Buddies program at Wiley (the rest of the bags are sponsored by St. Michael’s Episcopal Church). The CRF also helps pay for crisis needs of Wiley students and their families - glasses, shoes, one-time bill assistance. The CRF started with BackPacks for 11 students and, last year, provided weekend food for 26. At Wiley, I also volunteered in the classroom and served on several Support Circle groups to help families transitioning out of homelessness."

Hunger in Wake County

Overall percent of population who are food insecure 14
Number in population who are food insecure 121,650
Number of children eligible for free and reduced price school meals 56,280
But of those, how many actually get the meals?
Percent of eligible children actually getting free and reduced price school lunch 71
Percent of eligible children actually getting free and reduced price school breakfast 34
Percent of eligible children actually getting free summer meals 9
Amount of Federal money available for free and reduced price school lunches but NOT accessed due to children not participating 68,893
Amount of federal money available for free and reduced price school breakfast but NOT accessed due to children not participating: 50,192
Amount of federal money available for free summer lunch but NOT accessed due to children not participating 172,429