When she started the Chapel Hill Carrboro Foodies Facebook group, founder Carrie Brogren said she had no idea that it would have the impact it has had on the Chapel Hill-Carrboro community.
In late March, one member of the group, Joan Moon Duffield said she made a post asking if anyone in the group could help provide 75 sandwiches to the emergency department at UNC Hospitals. Within an hour, she said she posted that the sandwiches had arrived, and such charity caught on among other members of the group.
“I was sitting one evening and I was contemplating, I mean I watch CNN a great bit, and I was just seeing the stories of restaurants just shutting down and hospital workers just working to the bone, and I was thinking just how, what can we do to support both sides of the coin?” Duffield said. “And so it was very instantaneous.”
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Following Duffield’s contributions to UNC Hospitals, other members of the Facebook group started making similar donations, and when the hospital stopped accepting visitors, a week after Duffield’s original donation, the group changed their focus to local charities.
“It was actually suggested to us by the hospital that we start focusing our efforts on some local charities because they had actually been seeing a decline in their food donations,” Brogren said. “So we immediately organized — I organized — a partnership with the Inter-Faith Council for Social Service. They have three groups: they have a men’s homeless shelter called Community House, they have a women’s and children’s emergency shelter called HomeStart and then they also have a Community Kitchen which feeds locals in our community.”