A MID-YEAR REPORT FROM THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS
As we enter the second half of the year, we want to share with you some of our accomplishments and challenges as we join together to prevent hunger and malnutrition in Chowan County.
Some of our day-to-day accomplishments include the following:
- Involving 75 volunteers each month in roles that help maintain a Christ-like compassion for families in need of food and personal support.
- Provide three to five days of food to 280 families each month.
- Provide Book Bag Buddies weekend meals to 170 children each week during the school year.
- Provide supplemental food assistance to 135 children each week during the summer months.
- Work with the Food Bank of the Albemarle to distribute additional food to 175 senior adults each month.
- Provide emergency assistance to ten families each month.
It is a humbling experience to even mention these numbers for each person is precious and unique. We understand that serving and being served are intertwined so that all are blessed by the love of God. For this we give thanks.
Over the past two years, the food pantry’s support for those in need has increased by 60%. Currently, we distribute 25,000 pounds of food monthly to 625 families. Our budget has increased by less than 10%, however, requiring income of $9,600 per month with $5,500 spent on direct food purchases.
We spend $10.00 to provide each family with 50 to 60 pounds of food monthly. The cost for sponsoring one child in the Book Bag Buddies program is $20.00 per month or $180.00 for the school year.
To help maintain this mission, the food pantry Board is working to accomplish the following:
- Broaden the number of sponsoring churches supporting the pantry. Six new congregations have placed members on the pantry’s Board of Directors this year. This brings the total number of sponsoring churches to 16.
- Expand our ability to receive and store additional fresh produce. Our focus in the future will be on health as well as hunger.
- Create additional opportunities for others to join in our ministry of caring.
We realize that the above undertakings are not “news-making” endeavors. They do, however, indicate that our Board is looking to the future. After 35 years, our vision or creating hope and ending hunger has not dimmed.
This would not be possible without the compassionate community that surrounds us. Thank you for your generous support.
Gerard Cooney, Board President
Roger Coleman, Director