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The Town of Rolesville takes hunger and food insecurity seriously. And Mayor Frank Eagles serves as a member of the Wake County Food Security Team that works to make food available to those who need it all over Wake County.
On Saturday morning, March 25, the town joined with Zaxby’s restaurant, The Rolesville Buzz, Rolesville High School Key Club, the Kiwanis Club and New Bethel Baptist Church to distribute food to residents in need.
“We’re working with schools and faith communities who are already doing this,” Eagles said.
Lisa Greene, area marketing director for Zaxby’s, knows that partnerships make the work easier and more effective.
“Zaxby’s is more than just a casual fine-dining restaurant. We are part of our community and partner with others to do what we can to help,” she said.
The event officially started at 10. However, the nine tables piled high with potatoes, salad, breads, fruit and other items were ready at 9, and the people waiting in line were allowed to go through early.
The program is volunteer-driven, and many people came to help with the distribution. The event provided an opportunity for area residents to help neighbors and gave high school students a chance to meet school requirements.
Sisters Calli and Vanessa Tarallo are both Rolesville High School seniors. As members of the school’s Key Club, they need to obtain a certain amount of volunteer hours – finding time around school and work hours. Calli works at Harris Teeter, and Vanessa works at Dairy Depot.
“With our schedule, this was a good option to volunteer,” Vanessa said.
Eagles hopes this is just the beginning for not just Rolesville but all of Wake County.
“We want to expand Backpack Buddies and see more food pantries. High school food pantries are expanding. We’ve added five last year and hope to do three or four more this year,” Eagles said.
Understanding hunger and food insecurity is sometimes complex, but for the Tarallo sisters, this volunteer work has helped them become more compassionate and educated.
“There are misconceptions about hunger and people who need food,” Calli said. “People think it’s used as an excuse about being poor and needy. But there are people who really do need food.”