About ECCCM Hunger prevention Programs
ECCCM works tirelessly to alleviate food insecurity and hunger issues in our community. Well aware that 20% of Catawba County families experience food insecurity, due to a number of economically driven events, ECCCM hunger programs are tailored to meet hunger needs through several programs.
- The Hunger Prevention Program: provides essential commodities with quantities dependent on family size. Basic staples that include vegetables, starches, proteins, meats, dairy, bread, and produce, are distributed to qualifying applicants on a monthly basis.
- The Temporary Emergency Food Assistance Program: provides supplemental staple commodities with quantities dependent on family size. This program often supplements those families on the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program through the Department of Social Services, and is distributed on a quarterly basis. Fresh bread, dairy and produce are also distributed on a monthly basis.
- The Student Hunger Prevention Program for student families: provides supplemental staple commodities with quantities dependent on family size. Fresh bread, dairy and produce are also distributed on a monthly basis. Distribution is for a twelve month cycle that coincides with the school calendar, providing essential commodities even during the summer months. This program includes all Catawba County and Newton-Conover City Schools grades K-12 for a 12-month cycle.
did you know?
- That food insecurity is a major issue in Catawba County, affecting 1 in 5 families?
- That ECCCM's Charlie Bunn Food Pantry moved over 1.5 million pounds of food through its food pantry in 2016?
- That over 16,000 households received food assistance from ECCCM in 2016?
- That $1 donated can equal over 7 pounds that can feed two persons for one day?
How Can You Help?
- Contribute to ECCCM's Hunger Programs: Through your financial donation, ECCCM is able to purchase needed commodities for our hunger programs at a fraction of the cost available at the grocery store. This allows ECCCM to practice good stewardship as purchases are strategically planned at attractive price points from our vendors. Click Here to donate now.
- Organize a Food Drive: at your local church, school or civic organization. We recognize the value of hands-on mission work as persons actually purchase and bring food to an organized food drive event. Through a collaborative partnership with the Catawba County Department of Health's Give Healthy Initiative, area food pantries and soup kitchens have created a healthy shopping list for your convenience. Click Here for more information and to download the Shopping List and Master List.
GIVE HEALTHY PROCLAMATIONS
The Give Healthy initiative among the Catawba County Health Partners, ECCCM, other local food pantries and soup kitchens is being supported by local governments with an official Proclamation from the following local government bodies:
Catawba County Board of Commissioners
City of Claremont
City of Conover
City of Hickory
City of Newton
Town of Maiden