A Doorway to Hope

Rafaela Vazquez-Orea, left, works with A Doorway to Hope volunteer Ann Leuth to bag hot meals for distribution to community members in Cary, NC on June 18, 2020. A Doorway to Hope has worked with a number of restaurants, including Boston Market, to source food for neighbors in need.
Volunteers for A Doorway to Hope stand ready to provide hot meals at a neighborhood in Cary, NC on June 18, 2020. Maria Young (not shown), founder of A Doorway to Hope, says that “there has been a tremendous influx of people who want to help” since the onset of the pandemic.


Maria Young, right, and Ann Leuth place a sign at the roadside to inform the community that A Doorway to Hope’s food distribution is in progress at the Arbors of Cary in Cary, NC on June 18, 2020. A Doorway to Hope was founded by Young with a mission to help the working poor navigate times of crisis.
Deisy Vazquez-Orea, left, and her mother Rafaela unbox hot meals during a food distribution event organized by A Doorway to Hope in Cary, NC on June 18, 2020. Since the coronavirus hit in March, A Doorway to Hope has been providing meals to the community five nights a week, with produce boxes available on Thursdays and Fridays.
A Doorway to Hope volunteers Ann Leuth, back, and Gabriella Young wheel boxes of produce from the Kirk of Kildaire to a waiting van in Cary, NC on June 18, 2020. The Kirk of Kildaire has been functioning as a hub for a large number of food-based organizations that have stepped in to supplement the needs of their communities. The Kirk served their 100,000th meal on this day.

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Photo Credit: Bisi Cameron Yee and Activate Good’s ‘Look for the Helpers’ Photojournalism Project (See the entire collection at ActivateGood.org/Helpers)

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