The 2016 Community Homeless & Hunger Stand Down Planning Committee presents the annual Homeless & Hunger Stand Down on Friday, Nov. 18 from 9 a.m. -1 p.m. at the VFW Post 6018 located at 116 Chance St. in downtown Fayetteville.
“This event was established about 15 years ago by the Human Relations Commission,” said Crystal Moore-McNair, coordinator of the 2016 Community Homeless & Hunger Stand Down. “At that time, things were going on in our community, such as study circles, and they were trying to plan an event in which all different faiths could plan together as one to give back to the community.” Moore-McNair added that this is the 16th annual year with a couple of name changes during the past few years.
The stand down will include free haircuts, clothing, lunch, flu shots by Walgreens’ Skibo Pharmacy, personal hygiene kits, prescription assistance, job placement assistance, health and dental screenings, veteran assistance from the VA Medical Center, housing assistance, educational assistance, affordable health care and much more. A prayer tent has been added this year for prayer and counseling. Better Health will conduct blood pressure screenings. The Salvation Army will provide the hot meal. Second Harvest Food Bank will be on hand to provide bags of groceries for individuals in need. Cape Fear Regional Bureau will perform HIV/AIDS testing. Different agencies will be on hand to share their knowledge and services to participants. “There is a whole lot going on and many things will be happening on that day,” said Moore-McNair. “We need volunteers to help us with the event this year.”
The mission of this project entails an organized effort of community representatives working together to provide health and human service access to Cumberland County residents in need. There are 35 agencies that participate annually with the Stand Down. Last year the event served over 350 veterans and 300 Cumberland County residents. This year’s goal is to serve over 1,100 Cumberland County residents. “We are expecting more people this year due to the disaster of Hurricane Matthew,” said Moore-McNair. “There will be more people in need of these services.”
“I look forward to doing this event every year,” said Moore-McNair. “It is a joy to assist people in need.”
To donate nonperishable food, deliver it to the Second Harvest Food Bank. Free bus transportation will be provided by Fast Transit to and from the event. Checks can be made payable to Community Homeless & Hunger Stand Down at P.O. Box 303, Fayetteville, NC 28302. For more information, how to donate or to volunteer, email Crystal at [email protected] or call 483-1179.