Do you know where your food comes from?
There are approximately 150,000 farmworkers and their dependents in North Carolina each growing season, but this estimate is considered low. In the United States there are two to three million farmworkers.
In NC a farmworker is paid between .35-.45 cents per 35 lb. bucket of sweet potatoes. It takes roughly 200-300 buckets to be hauled daily to make ends meet.
In Eastern North Carolina there are many large farms; These farms run almost entirely on the labor of farmworkers. Agriculture, including food, fiber, and forestry, contributes over $69.6 billion annually to North Carolina’s economy and represents almost one-fifth of the state’s income.
In addition to economic debilitation, one study showed that approximately 80% of farmworkers experience sexual violence and abuse in the fields.
North Carolina Focusing in Education, Leadership, and Dignity is pioneering the narrative of the agricultural workforce that feeds you.
The Inaugural Give Food a Face Gala fundraiser for NC FIELD is the first of its kind to promote the continuity of prosperity among farmers, farmworkers, and the land they cultivate. This commemorative event will take place on Friday, March 27, 2020, at the C.S.S. Neuse Center in Kinston, North Carolina. This event is a black-tie event so dress to impress!
All proceeds from ticket sales, profits, and donations will go towards sustaining our Give Food A Face initiative. This Gala will be featuring a silent AND live auction. It is our major fundraising event and the monies raised will be critical for the health of the Give Food A Face initiatives.
The Give Food A Face campaign focuses on raising public awareness about the realities behind the industrial agricultural system. Meeting our financial goal of $10,000 will enable us to create higher education scholarships and internship opportunities for farmworker youth and continue to support the agricultural workforce community.
NC FIELD works to fill service gaps in the farmworker community, raise awareness of the plight of the farmworker, and empower farmworkers to pursue educational and economic opportunities beyond the fields.