Spring Hunger Challenge 2017
Did you know that 1 in 5 people in Catawba County live with food insecurity? The Spring Hunger Challenge is a two month campaign that addresses this by raising funds for the ECCCM food pantry.
In 2016, food assistance accounted for 86% of all services provided. The expansion of the Student Hunger Prevention Program, a year-long program that provides nutritious foods to families with vulnerable school-aged children (grades k-12), to all Newton-Conover City Schools and Catawba County Schools caused our annual food distribution rate to increase from 1.4 million pounds in 2015 to 1.56 million in 2016. It also decreased childhood obesity in Catawba County by providing healthy snacks for the children.
The 1.56 million pounds of food was distributed through four hunger prevention programs, each tailored to meet the unique needs of our clients. For example, our Homeless Hunger Prevention Program allows our homeless clients to pick up smaller quantities of non-perishable foods more frequently throughout a month.
100% of ECCCM clients are put on a hunger prevention program.
The goal of The Spring Hunger Challenge is to raise $5,000 between March 1st and April 30th. This can be achieved one of two ways: a financial contribution or a food donation with one pound equaling $1.
A great way for your church, business, civic organization, etc. to participate is to take advantage of the Ministry on Wheels Program. This allows you to have an ECCCM van parked at your location to be filled with food donations then picked up on a scheduled date. All you have to do is fill the van! Click HERE to learn more about the program.
Thank you for feeding the hungry in Catawba County by supporting the Spring Hunger Challenge!