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Spotlight with David Daggett: Hunger in the Triad


When I am out speaking in the community and helping promote organizations like the We Care House at St. Peter’s Church, H.O.P.E. (Help Our People Eat), the Second Harvest Food Bank, and other similar organizations, members of our community seem to be amazed at the hunger and food insecurity right here in our community.  It surprises me, too!

One in five adults in Northwest North Carolina is food insecure. One in four children are hungry in our community. Seniors in our area on fixed incomes are often forced to choose between buying enough food and covering their medical expenses. And though these statistics are stark, they only show the need that existed in our community before the pandemic started. This year things are even worse, and our collective help is needed even more.

The holidays always seem to be the toughest and reveal the starkest realities in our community.  For most of us the holidays are fun times with family and friends, but for others the holidays are just another tough period that they hope to survive.  This holiday season, I encourage you to join me and our law firm to help the hungry in the Triad by donating to the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.

Each November our team at Daggett Shuler holds a food drive to benefit the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. Each year we try to outdo ourselves in how generous we can be for our neighbors. It warms my heart to see our staff show up each day during our food drive with grocery bags full of healthy, nutritious food to donate to the Food Bank. Taking action through a food drive is meaningful and makes a distinctive difference in the lives of those who are hungry.


L-R: Attorney David Daggett, Joseph Kilar of Second Harvest, and Attorney Griff Shuler

What strikes me the most about hunger in the Triad is that the people that we see and smile at (through our masks) each day could be part of the statistic above. The hungry in our community are our neighbors, and we all know how we have been instructed to treat our neighbors. Thank you for joining us in wrapping our collective arms of support around those less fortunate during this holiday season.



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