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United Way of Greater High Point awards more than $43K in grants

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HIGH POINT, N.C. -- The United Way of Greater High Point awarded more than $43,000 dollars in venture grants to organizations in the Piedmont.

The one-time grants are given to local nonprofit organizations meeting "emerging or unmet needs" in the community.

34 groups applied for more than $295,000 in requests. This is the fifth year UWGHP has awarded this money to 501(c)(3) groups.

The Out of the Garden Project received $9,900 to continue expanding its mobile food pantry program.

It sets up a truck at local schools and gives away fresh fruit, veggies, meat and pantry items to families in food desert areas, where there is little access to fresh groceries.

Executive Director Don Milholin tells FOX8, "It doesn't seem like it but we live in the second hungriest area of the entire United States by a recent study. For our school children in public schools, it's much worse."

Milholin said about 58 percent of Guilford County School students qualify for free and reduced lunch.

"What that means for many of our families ... is that children don't eat on the weekend. So our whole mission is to nourish children's minds and bodies so they can have food on the weekends, so that Monday they can think," he explained.

Out of the Garden already serves the neighborhood around Fairview Elementary in High Point.

Because of this grant money, it will expand down the road to Ferndale Middle School near downtown.

United Way of Greater High Point also awarded money to Alcohol and Drug Services of Guilford, Inc., Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Central Piedmont, High Point Community Against Violence, Horsepower, Inc., Jamestown Public Library, Reading Connections, Inc., and The Volunteer Center.