Neighborfood Express, launched in November after the pandemic showed how much nutritious food was urgently needed by so many.
ED-KRUMP: Neighborfood Express, launched in November after the pandemic showed how much nutritious food was urgently needed by so many.
MARCUS HARRIS: Food insecurity has been greatly exacerbated by the pandemic and the resulting conditions. For this reason we would like to help the families and children affected more.
ED-KRUMP: Marcus Harris worked in the world of nonprofit volunteers with organizations ranging from city government departments to meals on wheels. It was then that he realized that his efforts could be multiplied by the establishment of the Marcus Harris Foundation, which in turn created Neighborfood Express.
MARCUS HARRIS: As part of the program, we’re bringing free groceries and supplies to families with unsafe food in Southeast Raleigh.
ED-KRUMP: That day Harris picked up food at The Fresh Market on Falls of Neuse Road in North Raleigh. The chain is one of many Neighborfood Express dispensers.
MARCUS HARRIS: Alright, thank you very much.
ED-KRUMP: Harris is grateful to all of the other partners like the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, as well as those who provide garden fresh food, including Raleigh City Farm and Burkett Farm.
MARCUS HARRIS: We get fresh products from them. And we bring them to the families too. And with all the food we eat, we make sure that it is nutritious so that it is healthy for the families we give it to.
ED CRUMP: But it’s the volunteers who deliver the food that literally drive the program forward.
MARCUS HARRIS: It was very heartwarming to see how many people gave their time.
ED-KRUMP: Harris also points out that the Neighborfood Express isn’t just about food. It also offers computers, books, and clothing. But food is the main reason Harris’ ultimate goal is.
MARCUS HARRIS: To have a grocery store in Southeast Raleigh where food insecure families can meet all of their needs for free while we continue to help them with partner agencies that can support employment, housing and other needs.
ED-KRUMP: Harris believes that many who have lost their jobs will eventually be able to return to work and no longer need Neighborfood Express, but the food insecurity problem persists and for some may never end. Ed Crump, ABC 11, eyewitness news.