march madness food drive
Did you know that 1 in 5 people in Catawba County live with food insecurity? Our March Madness Food Drive is a campaign that addresses this issue by encouraging a little friendly competition between churches, offices, schools, clubs, and even individuals to donate food items in the name of their favorite March Madness NCAA basketball team!
In 2019 we first introduced this new food drive, and for a first time undertaking it proved very successful! The amount of food collected totaled 2,819 pounds! The greatest number of pounds donated by any single entity totaled 749 pounds, and with that donation, Beth Eden Lutheran Church took first place in the greatest contributor category! Duke Blue Devils were the team winners, with 978 pounds donated in their name! Second place went to UNC Tarheels with 710 pounds, and third place went to NCSU Wolfpack with 585 pounds.
We hope to ignite the madness by encouraging other NCAA team fans to join in this fun competition! In March of next year, be ready for the 2020 March Madness Food Drive! We will spread the word through our newsletter, social media outlets, and through mailings to our supporting churches, but please personally set out to involve your own organizations in this fun competition to help us stock the ECCCM Food Pantry!
In 2018, ECCCM served 9,300 individuals with crisis and food assistance, distributed 1.3 MILLION pounds of food, and took 441 individuals from crisis to self -sufficiency through our Crisis Assistance Coaching Program. The over 1.3 million pounds of food was given out 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. Also, 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 helps decrease childhood obesity in Catawba County by providing healthy foods and snacks for the children. Events such as the March Madness Food Drive help ECCCM meet the growing demands of hunger in Catawba County. 100% of ECCCM clients are put on a hunger prevention program.
Thank you for feeding the hungry in Catawba County by supporting the MARCH MADNESS FOOD DRIVE!