CONCORD, N.C. – Last year, Cooperative Christian Ministry helped more than 13,000 people receive food at monthly Mobile Food Pantries. This year, organizers expect to exceed those numbers.
The first mobile pantry of the year will be held Thursday at First Presbyterian Church in Kannapolis from 10 a.m. to noon.
“We saw more than 4,000 households and gave away close to 60 tons of food to those families in neighborhoods of high need last year,” says Barry Porter, food program manager for CCM. “We are still seeing an increased need in Cabarrus County and surrounding areas from our main and satellite pantries.”
Each year, Porter says, CCM sees similar or increasing numbers at the mobile pantries. Mobile Food Pantries are offered 11 times this year and are held in neighborhoods of high need to overcome the absence of transportation for many struggling families who aren’t able to get to a stationary pantry. These pantries provide supplemental groceries at a very efficient cost to CCM and no cost to those who need groceries.
“Mobile Food Pantries are the most efficient way that CCM has to put groceries on the tables in neighborhoods of high need,” says Ed Hosack, executive director. “Sponsoring churches, businesses, groups and volunteers make it possible.”
On average, each mobile pantry distributes close to six tons of food to 350 needy families.
Mobile Food Pantries often signal that summertime is coming. “This is when families will struggle to keep groceries on the table and food pantries will be depleted,” says Hosack. “We encourage, churches, businesses and other groups to consider making food drives a part of their summer plans.”
Cooperative Christian Ministry is sponsoring two upcoming events where food drives can be utilized to help those less fortunate in the community. Groups can stage food drives as a project for Kannapolis Kares Day on April 27, and during the summer, the Summer Food Drive will be held from July 1 to Aug. 15 to help restock the pantry shelves when they are the barest.
Individuals and families attending will be asked for identification, the number of people in their household and the household gross income. Attendees should be prepared to carry home at least three bags of free groceries.
Mobile Pantry schedule for 2013
- March 21 – First Presbyterian Church, 201 Vance St., Kannapolis
- April 11 – St. James Catholic Church, 139 Manor Ave. SW, Concord
- April 25 – Memorial United Methodist Church, 1100 West C St., Kannapolis
- May 23 – Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 301 Mt. Olivet Rd., Kannapolis
- June 6 – Roberta United Methodist Church, 3925 Cochran Rd., Concord
- June 20 – Bethpage Presbyterian Church, 6020 Mooresville Rd., Kannapolis
- July 11 – Trinity United Methodist Church, 416 E. First St., Kannapolis
- Aug. 1 – Calvary Lutheran Church, 950 Bradley St. NE, Concord
- Aug. 29 – Forest Hill United Methodist Church, 265 Union St. N, Concord
- Sept. 26 – Midway United Methodist Church, 708 S. Main St., Kannapolis
- Oct. 24 – The Village Shopping Center (Big Lots), 280 Concord Pkwy. S., Concord, sponsored by Poplar Tent Presbyterian Church