The Edenton-Chowan Food Pantry was founded in 1983 by members of St. Paul‘s Episcopal Church. It has grown to become an organization sponsored by local churches of all faiths. Food assistance is provided to 500 families each month. In addition, the Book Bag Buddies program provides weekend meals to 140 children during the school year. Our summer nutrition program for children serves an additonal 100 families.
Edenton-Chowan Food Pantry is a volunteer organization with assistance from a part-time director. Ray Wells served as the director for many years, overseeing expansion of the warehouse and storage facilities as well as the implementation of a computerized client data system. In 2016, Roger Coleman became the new director following Ray’s retirement.
As a not-for-profit organization, the Edenton-Chowan Food Pantry is governed by a 13-member Board of Directors comprised of representatives from sponsoring churches and members of the community at large. Officers include Gerard Cooney, President (St. Paul’s Episcopal Church); Lois Spruill, Vice President (Bandon Chapel); Mildred Vanterpool, Secretary (Member-at-Large); and Keith Rollins, Treasurer (Rocky Hock Baptist Church).
Funding is provided by church, individual and business donations as well as food donations through Food Lion, community food drives, Food Bank of the Albemarle, local churches, and local farmers. The Edenton-Chowan Food Pantry is a member agency of the Food Bank of the Albemarle and Feeding America.