Partnership for Children and Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry Team Up to Fight Hunger

(Left to right): Miss Johnston County Outstanding Teen Meghan Gadsen; Miss Johnston County Maura Westbrook; Mary Beemer; Miss Clayton Carli Batson; Miss Clayton Outstanding Teen Taylor Beach; and Dennis Beemer.

Partnership for Children of Johnston County (PFCJC) has partnered with Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry to help meet the basic needs of families in our community.

The first event on May 9th was held in the parking lot of River Dell Elementary School in Clayton. The second event on June 13th was held at the Partnership for Children office in Selma. In all, 200 families received non-perishable food boxes in addition to fresh meats, vegetables and milk.

“We are blessed to be able to extend our pantry to our neighbors in Johnston County”, said Michael Burger, Board Chair of Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry.  “In these uncertain times, the challenge of food insecurity is magnified, and we are serving more families than ever before”.

Through funds provided by the United Way of the Greater Triangle, the Partnership was also able to provide diapers, wipes and baby formula to families who needed these supplies along with their food. The even would not have been successful without community support.  Miss Johnston County Teens and staff at South Smithfield Elementary volunteered at the distribution events.

According to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, there are over 22,000 people in Johnston County who are food insecure. Over 9,000 of these are children under 18 years old.

Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry (TAMFP) is a 501c3 non-profit based in Wake Forest, NC, serving Wake and surrounding counties since 1988. For information, visit