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GREENSBORO — As Executive Director and President of Out of the Garden Project, the largest charity in the Piedmont whose mission is feeding children and their families, I generally wouldn’t classify my Sunday nights as spectacular.

However, on April 15, 2018, a funnel cloud touched down on the east side of Greensboro, North Carolina, taking a life and leaving much damage in its path. This was no typical Sunday and no typical twister. One report said the tornado was on the ground for 17 miles; another said more than 30. If you were in the path of the tornado, the only thing you must have been thinking about were those you love and what would be left of your world if any of you survived.

At around 6pm Sunday night, one of our donation-pickup drivers, Joy, called to tell me that a tree had fallen on her house and car and that she would not be able to do her normal pickups from Panera for OOTGP later that evening.  Living on the side of town where nothing had been disturbed, I wasn’t yet aware of the extent of the destruction, but I quickly learned more. Around 9:30pm, Jim Faggione, Director of Nutrition for Guilford County Schools, called me to see if they could use the Farmers’ Market parking lot to distribute meals to children the next day, since schools would be closed, due to storm damage.  We had used the same parking lot the previous summer, in partnership with the county nutrition department, and our administrative offices are at the market as well, so that is why he contacted me.

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