Emergency Food Assistance Program

by Terry Watson | May 5th, 2011
Donald Booker

Donald Booker (Photo by Howard Gaither)

United Youth Care Foundation is a community based nonprofit organization concerned about the well-being of every individual in their community. Their mission is to restore, build and enhance the lives and self-esteem of individuals within their community by providing services, education and training. Their vision is to develop services that support the education and preparation of the current and future work forces in the global economy.
In January, Donald Booker, executive director of UYCF announced the opening of its emergency food assistance program. The programs focus is to provide emergency food assistance twice monthly, on the second and fourth Friday to individuals and their families. Distribution of food items takes place at UYCF headquarters located at 1207 4th Street in Greensboro. Booker says he decided to provide this program to citizens of his community after witnessing firsthand the need that many of UYCF participants had for food and nutrition.

Booker is a native of Greensboro and graduated from North Carolina A & T State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. His journey began while working in group homes with children and adults before founding UYCF in 2003 that initially serves Greensboro, Durham and Creedmoor. Keshea Montgomery, who serves as the secretary of the board of directors of UYCF, also serves as the director of the emergency food assistance program that is provided on a voluntary basis.

Individuals may be referred for assistance through “walk in”, also by the Department of Social Services, or by a church organization. Low income residents with an income at or below 150 percent of the Federal Poverty Income guidelines can qualify to receive services under the program. In order for a recipient or household to be eligible for USDA commodities, their income must fall within the guidelines listed on the program Income eligibility chart. The current chart is based on 150 percent of the Federal poverty income guideline, which is established according to the number of persons in the household. Homeless individuals are subject to the same income requirements.

Donations are accepted for the program (directly at their location) and also at Second Harvest Food Bank located at 3655 Reed Street in Winston Salem. Sponsorship of food items are available and encouraged for other agencies and individuals who may be interested in assisting UYCF. These sponsorships include $20-$25 donations that will help prepare a feed package capable of feeding a family of four for one week.

Booker says the food assistance program is just another attempt by him to extend his arms to bring others up in his communities. As UYCF continues to develop programs that are designed to enhance the lives of others, Booker promises to keep his fellow man in mind and work very hard to meet their needs with programs like this.

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