Hope Fest 4 Hunger HELPS!
About Hope Fest 4 Hunger
Mission: To unite and celebrate people of diverse cultures through shared dance to fight hunger in Guilford County.
Pandemic Challenge: The 2021 virtual Hope Fest 4 Hunger dance festival will go forward as a response to the economic distress created by COVID-19, which has led to a drastic increase in the number of people facing food insecurity. Guilford County faced a hunger rate of 18% in 2020, with the rate among children reaching 25%. Thousands of people are having to ask for food assistance for the first time ever, with this crisis cutting across all zip codes in our community.
Who We Serve: Hope Fest 4 Hunger directly benefits people in our community facing food insecurity, from children and families to adults of all ages. We partner with two agencies that fight hunger, A Simple Gesture (ASG), Greensboro Urban Ministry(GUM).ASG’s mission is “ending childhood hunger through a simple gesture of filling a grocery bag”. Through green bag donations in 2020, they provided 350,000 meals distributed through Backpack Beginnings, Out of the Garden Project, and 7 other food pantries.GUM provides food assistance in addition to housing, helping individuals and families to change their lives. Since the pandemic began, they have increased household food assistance from 5 x year to 24 x year, while still serving hot meals and providing meals to go onsite at the downtown center. 100%of donor dollars this year from Hope Fest 4 Hunger go to provide the basic necessity of food to our neighbors in need!
What We’ve Done: Our first multicultural dance festival took place at First Lutheran Church on February 24, 2019 and raised $16,512 to fight hunger locally. The 2020 event was even more successful, attracting 350 attendees and donating $22,000 to hunger-fighting agencies. The variety of cultures participating across the two events included African, Bolivian, Cambodian, Hindu, Irish, Israeli, Korean, Native American, Peruvian, Polynesian, and Scottish. International treats a global bazaar of goods, and a photo booth added to the enjoyment of the diverse audience.