Kinston organization holds Father’s Day dinner

KINSTON, N.C. (WITN) – One Eastern Carolina youth organization held a special Father’s Day celebration at their Sunday dinner event with the hopes of fostering community connections and combating food insecurity.

Sunday, ‘Kinston Teens’ hosted a Father’s Day dinner that featured a meal and a range of family-friendly activities. With music, games, and helpful resources from Kinston Teens and their partners, it was a day for all attendees to remember.

One helpful resource included Ripe Revival, which offered fresh and affordable produce for attendees. Kinston Teens Executive Director Chris Suggs said East Kinston is a food desert, meaning some residents have to travel miles to get to a grocery store. Suggs said being able to provide fresh meals and produce for people makes a big difference.

“What better way to celebrate Father’s Day than celebrating the fathers in our community and providing them the assets to these important resources,” Suggs said. “So this is such a unique celebration for us to be able to celebrate a holiday but also help us meet some of the needs in our community here in East Kinston.”

‘Kinston Teens’ is a youth organization that promotes volunteering, civic engagement, and community development projects. Sunday dinners are held on select dates and according to Suggs, they see close to 200 people attend.

To find out more information on the dates of the dinners or to learn how to volunteer, you can head to East Kinston Community Visioning & Neighborhood Hub.