Weaver Street Continues Hunger Focus During Holiday Season

Weaver Street MarketEarlier this year, The Bridge profiled the tremendous efforts of PORCH in Orange County, the key role Weaver Street Market plays in PORCH’s success, and WSM’s overall approach to hunger relief in Orange County. Working in partnership with a network of non-profits and volunteer-driven organizations such as PORCH, their shared goal in these efforts is to eventually end hunger in Orange County. Continue reading

Say Cheese! Cabot Community Tour Comes to Carolina

Cabot Farmer-Owner Tammy Barnes (left) and SVP of Marketing Roberta MacDonald talk about Cabot’s Gratitude Grill, which served lunch at Coastal Federal Credit Union Monday, September 12, 2016. The Coastal FCU event is part of a month-long series of events in the Carolinas in partnership with the Cooperative Council of North Carolina.

Cabot, a New England-based dairy cooperative owned by 1.200 farm families, is serving up food, fellowship and smiles in the Carolinas! Cabot’s 2016 Community Tour includes a series of events in North Carolina and South Carolina through early October. Continue reading

Credit Union Staff Increase Empathy, Knowledge Through Life Simulation

Clinton Barry (Greenville FCU) approaches Kerri Smith (Turbine FCU) to pawn a refrigerator to raise extra money.

Clinton Barry (Greenville FCU) approaches Kerri Smith (Turbine FCU) to pawn a refrigerator to raise extra money.

It is beyond a doubt that all our knowledge begins with experience. —Immanuel Kant

A few months ago, The Bridge focused on the Reality of Money, a credit union financial simulation for high school students in North Carolina and South Carolina. The aim of that program of course is to prepare students for adult life and to help students have a greater awareness of the value of sound money management, getting an education and making good life choices.  Continue reading

Coming Together to Feed the Hungry in Orange County

(Editor’s note: this guest post is written by Brenda Camp, who directs community outreach at Weaver Street Market. It is a companion piece to the features here and here.)

WSM1Shoppers entering a Weaver Street Market (WSM) store are immediately greeted by bins mounded high with colorful, vibrant fruits and vegetables. Our natural, organic, and local produce is a big draw for our shoppers—15% of our sales come from produce. For us that’s an important measure of success. Connecting our owners and shoppers with food that is healthy, tasty, and fun is one of our 2020 Goals. Two years ago, a community volunteer, Mary Carey, came to us with a very different vision of success. She and leaders from four local hunger-relief organizations reminded us that there are many, many in our community who do not have enough food for their families.  Continue reading