More than 120 labor, farm, environmental, faith and civil rights groups representing millions of people in North Carolina and across the country sent a letter today to Governor Roy Cooper, Secretary Cohen, Commissioner Berry, and Commissioner Troxler calling for immediate, comprehensive COVID-19 protections for essential workers in the food supply chain.
Clergy are trained to minister to others, often at the expense of the themselves and their families. In the wake of a pandemic and political turmoil, clergy are called upon to re-imagine personal and community financial well-being and to minister to the wounds created by fiscal trauma and economic inequity.
Charlotte Minguez, RAF-USA’s Just Foods Program Coordinator, recently talked with farmer Mario Delgado about how the COVID-19 pandemic has affected his farming operations. Mario says that he had to quickly convert to a pre-order system, which was helped by the Geer Street Restaurant, who allowed him to use their parking lot for order pickups.
Farming presents many challenges, and so often, these challenges are out of a farmer’s control. Natural disasters, droughts, low yield, low prices — worldwide pandemics — all can seem overwhelming. RAFI-USA’s Farmer Hotline is staffed by Benny Bunting, Craig Watts, and Tyler Whitley Monday through Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.