FORSYTH COUNTY -- Nearly 800 million people worldwide are undernourished, unsure of when their next full meal might come.
And while many of these people live in underdeveloped countries, food insecurity also affects individuals and families in Forsyth County.
On Tuesday, Sept. 20, The Place of Forsyth County, a nonprofit organization established to assist struggling county residents, will hold its second annual Hunger Awareness Lunch.
The luncheon is aimed at increasing awareness of poverty and fighting hunger in the county.
In 2014, 6.8 percent of Forsyth County’s population was food insecure, according to data from Feeding America, a nonprofit hunger relief organization.
The lunch will highlight what an individual eats based on his or her income level.
“This visual message will bring awareness to the inequality that exists in our local community,” The Place’s website says.
The organization was founded in 1975 by four Dominican nuns who offered county residents assistance with financial needs, clothing, food and tutoring.
Today, The Place gives community members financial emergency assistance, clothing, food and support services and in August 2015 began a “workforce development initiative in conjunction with several local agencies to help the underemployed and unemployed prepare for and secure jobs.”
The luncheon will be held at Cumming First United Methodist Church, beginning at noon.
Registration closes Monday, Sept. 12.
Tickets to the event are $20 per person, and reservations can be made with Ashley Carroll via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at (770) 887-1098.