CONCORD - In North Carolina, one in 7 children receiving free and reduced lunch at school receives lunch in the summer. This means six children do not, and their parents and caretakers turn to organizations like Cooperative Christian Ministry for help.
With many families still struggling to put food on the table, CCM is serving record numbers through their Crisis Center and satellite pantries. In May, all the pantries set monthly records in the area of households served, individuals served and pounds of food distributed. At the Concord Crisis Center, households served up 33 percent from May 2012.
But Cooperative Christian Ministry needs your help. Their food pantries are reaching dangerously low levels and summer is just beginning.
“We continue to have a lot of first-time families come through our food pantries, as well as returning families,” Food Program Manager Barry Porter says. “As students finish school, their parents have to find a way to feed them breakfast and lunch every day. Even through our food donations have increased from the community, the demand for our food is out pacing the donations, especially during the summer, when more children are eating at home.”
To help offset the low numbers of non-perishable food items available at the CCM pantries—including 9 satellite pantries and the Crisis Center Pantry—CCM is hosting their second annual Summer Food Drive. Non-perishable food items, including canned and boxed goods, can be brought to any of the CCM pantries as well as drop-off locations at businesses throughout the community.
In conjunction with the Summer Food Drive, CCM is also hosting two special challenges. The Kids CAN too! challenge offers kids the chance to raise 100 cans of food and receive a special prize by bringing them to the CCM Crisis Center. The 1,000 Can Challenge is being offered to churches to raise 1,000 cans of food for CCM through their congregation.
The 2013 drop-off locations for the CCM Summer Food Drive Are:
One the Run, 1160 Copperfield Blvd., Concord
On the Run, 540 Lake Concord Road, Concord
On the Run, 1110 Union St. S., Concord
On the Run, 1595 Hwy. 73 E., Concord
On the Run, 211 Davidson Hwy., Concord
On the Run, 1110 Dale Earnhardt Blvd., Kannapolis
On the Run 3700 Concord Pkway. S., Harrisburg
Cannon Pharmacy, Kannapolis Main, 1706 S. Cannon Blvd., Kannapolis
Cannon Pharmacy, Kannapolis North, 1402 N. Cannon Blvd., Kannapolis
Cannon Pharmacy, Concord 760 Cabarrus Ave. W., Concord
Centerview Hardware, 708 N. Cannon Blvd., Kannapolis
F&M Bank, 2975 Dale Earnhardt Blvd., Kannapolis
F&M Bank, 635 Church St. N., Concord
Independent Tribune, 363 Church St. N., Ste. 140, Concord
CCM Food Pantries will also be accepting food donations. Locations and hours are:
CCM Crisis Center, 246 Country Club Dr., Concord. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.
Bethel Baptist Helping Hands Food Pantry at Bethel Baptist Church, 1209 1/4 Opal St., Kannapolis 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Thursday.
Cupboard of Love Food Pantry at Westford UMC, 273 Hwy. 49 S., Concord. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays.
Kannapolis Food Pantry at West Point Baptist Church, 1100 Pine St., Kannapolis. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday.
Christian Hearts Food Pantry at Oak Ridge Baptist Church, 5340 Flowes Store Road, Concord. 8:30-11:30.
North Kannapolis Baptist Church Food Pantry, 312 Locust St., Kannapolis. 9 a.m. to 12 noon Wednesdays.
TB2G Food Pantry at Pine Bluff UMC, 11000 Reed Mine Road, Midland. Call 704088803090 for appointment.
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