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‘A Simple Gesture’ makes big impact on food insecurity in Guilford County

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- A small army is hitting the streets of Guilford County to tackle the major issue of hunger. Since 2015, A Simple Gesture has collected food and distributed it to local food pantries that work with local schools.

“A Simple Gesture's mission is to engage the entire community to end hunger in Greensboro, High Point and Guilford County,” said Leslie Isakoff, the organization’s executive director.

And that's why twice a month you'll see volunteers and staff members driving around the community picking up green bags full of donations.

“We ask that our donors -- every time they go to the grocery store -- they pick up one extra item, stick it in the bag, and then every eight weeks on the designated day, leave their bag on the front porch and we will come around and pick it up,” Isakoff said.

The donations are taken to nine food pantries and most go to children in the 95 participating Guilford County Schools and their families.

In a typical month, A Simple Gesture collects 20,000-25,000 pounds of food from the more than 3,000 participating businesses and homes, including Woodie Fowler's.

“It makes me feel good,” Fowler said. “Makes me know there are a lot of people who do care about those who are less fortunate or who have come into unfortunate circumstances through no fault of their own.”

A Simple Gesture, made possible thanks in part to the Community Foundation of Greater Greensboro, is proof that small acts together make a big difference.

“It's just so fun to watch,” Isakoff said. “It's kind of like loaves and fishes every month.”

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