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Posted on: December 15, 2020

[ARCHIVED] Youth Advisory Council Cosponsoring Free Meals Friday

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Dec. 15, 2020

The Winston-Salem Youth Advisory Council is cosponsoring free hot meals that will be available to the public at Rhythm Lounge & Grill from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Friday, Dec. 18, during the restaurant’s Hunger Relief Program. The restaurant is at the Marketplace Mall, 2101 Peters Creek Parkway. 

Meals will be primarily for take-out, although limit seating is available. All recipients will also receive small care packages with tissues, hand sanitizer, toothbrushes and other self-care items. Children will receive food “backpacks” with meals for the weekend through the Forsyth Backpacks program.

The Youth Advisory Council is cosponsoring the hot meals as the wrap-up activity for its community service project for the previous school year, which focused on addressing hunger and which was delayed due to the pandemic. For the project the council received grants from the state Youth Advisory Council and the Winston-Salem Foundation’s Youth Grantmakers in Action program. Funds to sponsor the free meals are drawn from those grants. In all, the council is providing $500 for meals and care package items. 

Members of the council will use social media to share information about the event with their peers who may be experiencing food insecurity. Also for their project, the members of the council have created handbills to be distributed with the meals, offering inspirational quotes and information about hunger in Forsyth County.

The Youth Advisory Council was created by the City Council in 1989 to give high school students an opportunity to become more aware of local government and become involved in local issues by participating in community activities. Youth Advisory Council members also participate in approximately 40 hours of community service and select an annual project to implement.

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