H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem, Inc. is excited to announce that Scott Best has joined the organization as Executive Director. The Winston-Salem Foundation generously provided a grant for partial funding of this position. Scott brings many years of leadership experience in food insecurity work and a passion to provide nutritious meals to children and fresh produce to families in need in Forsyth County. Scott has come at a very exciting time for H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem and will be overseeing the construction of a new facility located in the Boston-Thurmond community.
“I am both honored and inspired to join H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem as it looks forward to growing its roots within the Boston-Thurmond community, expanding its collaborative efforts throughout Forsyth County, continuing its work in 29 neighborhoods, and empowering the children and families served each and every week. I am enthusiastic to be a part of it,” said Scott Best.
To date, H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem, with community-wide support, has provided 167,394 meals to children ages 0-18 and 268,829 pounds of fresh produce to families living in food deserts in Forsyth County.
About The Winston-Salem Foundation
The Winston-Salem Foundation is a community foundation that supports charitable programs in the greater Forsyth County area. Founded in 1919 with a $1,000 gift, it now administers over 1,300 funds and had total custodial assets of $453 million at the end of 2016. In 2016, the Foundation granted $38.4 million to charitable causes, $2.8 million of which was through the Community Grants Program.
About H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem
H.O.P.E. of Winston-Salem is a grassroots nonprofit whose mission is to improve the health and well-being of the over 40,000 children in Forsyth County who are at risk for hunger and to connect families with on-site education. Founded in 2013 by Ben and Marty Tennille, H.O.P.E serves the community through the efforts of 68 faith groups (interfaith), three colleges, numerous community groups and over 1,500 individual volunteers. To date, H.O.P.E. has provided over 167,000 meals to children ages 0-18 and over 268,000 pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables to families in food deserts in Forsyth County, while offering enrichment opportunities including cooking, exercise and art classes, plus financial advice for parents shopping for healthy food with limited funds. H.O.P.E. uses kid-friendly decorated musical vans to deliver healthy meals for children and fresh produce for adults to 29 sites every weekend, year-round, in Forsyth County.