Policies regarding the Women, Infants and Children Program have been adjusted due to the COVID-19 pandemic as recipients of the program struggle to find approved foods. If grocery stores run out of the specific foods that WIC recipients are able to purchase, then they may leave empty handed. “We’re concerned about the ability for WIC participants to meet their nutritional needs during this time given the absence of many staple food items at many grocery stores,” Suzy Khachaturyan, a policy analyst with the N.C. Justice Center, said.
Latinx student group Mariposas and For Kids By Kids, an organization of teaching artists that edit and create picture books joined together to create “El regalo de Lenna," or “Lenna’s Gift," a bilingual children’s picture book attempting to create a counter-narrative surrounding Latinx people in the United States.
Savor is a gluten-free, diabetic-friendly and keto-friendly bakery and eatery. Co-owner Stephanie Sherman received her master’s degree in epidemiology and public health, and she said it's important to provide healthy and enjoyable food options for people with food restrictions.
After the shooting of three local university students in 2015, Shadi Sadi stepped up to honor their legacy of diligent dedication to the community through an annual Food Drive for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.
With impressive community involvement in Orange County, both Mae McLendon and Thea Barrett deserve to be recipients of this prestigious award.