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Community forum to be held in Brunswick County

If you are struggling with – or concerned about – hunger and food insecurity in the area and in rural North Carolina, you are invited to attend a community discussion on Thursday, Nov. 21, at the Virginia Williamson Event Center at Brunswick Community College in Bolivia.

The forum and discussion is part of a yearlong reporting and community conversation series focused on issues of food insecurity and hunger in rural North Carolina. This is the fifth of five hunger-related events Carolina Public Press will hold across the state this year. Residents of Brunswick, Columbus and Pender counties are invited to attend.

The Newsmakers Forum will be held from 12:30 – 2 p.m. and will highlight local, regional and statewide challenges of and solutions to hunger and food insecurity. Following the forum, there are breakout sessions on child hunger from 2:30 – 3:30 p.m. and senior hunger from 4 – 5 p.m. We’ll also take a look at what Carolina Public Press uncovered in reporting the Faces of Hunger series, which may be found at

Forum panelists will be Heba Atwa, policy advocate, NC Budget & Tax Center; Tamara Cox Baker, project and communications director at No Kid Hungry; Jessica Burroughs, hunger and food insecurity campaign director, MomsRising; and Emily Craft, benefits outreach coordinator, Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at Wilmington. Carolina Public Press will moderate the event, which includes networking, a panel discussion and audience Q&A. This will also be a “give and take” event; attendees are welcome to “give” food to donate or “take” food they may want or need. The forum will be livestreamed for those who are unable to attend in person.

The event series is sponsored by AmeriHealth Caritas North Carolina.

The Newsmakers forum is free and open to the public. Seats to the forum are limited and RSVPs are required. For more information or to reserve your spot or to find out how to join the livestream, go to or call 828-774-5290 ext. 405.

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