Donations of Bread from Stick Boys Bread Company

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Throughout 2021, Stick Boy Bread Company has continued to donate fresh loaves bread and dinner rolls for the summer Food4Families program that helps families with food insecurities in Watauga County as well as the Holiday Dinners for these same families as well as the clients of the Blowing Rock Cares Food Pantry. We at BRCares are very thankful for the support and giving nature of Stick Boys. THANK YOU from everyone of us at the food pantry and from all those receiving these kind donations.

Donation from Blowing Rock Rotary Club

Blowing Rock Cares Food Pantry recently received a $2000.00 donation for the Rotary Club to assist with the feeding of families with food insecurities in Watauga County. The Pantry is always grateful for the help and recognition from the Rotary Club.

Blowing Rock Woman’s Club

Many thanks to the Blowing Rock Woman’s Club for their recent donation to the Pantry. This donation will go along way to feeding those in need in Watauga County. We are always grateful for the Woman’s Club support for the Blowing Rock Food Pantry.

Blowing Rock Community Foundation, INC.

Blowing Rock Cares in an effort to stay current and up to date will be working towards a new website with the help of a grant from the Blowing Rock Community Foundation. The new website will offer the option of making donations through to BRCares website. We will also be highlighting volunteers and board members who have worked with the pantry for many years, listing new and exciting programs and giving the community a way to stay in tough with us. We are excited to get the new website established starting with this grant. Many thanks to the BRCF and their support of BRCares.

Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge Grant

Blowing Rock Cares receives a 2021 grant from the WFBR in the amount of $5400,00 to aid with the funding of Special Holiday Dinners for Women and Girls in Watauga County. These families will receive special Thanksgiving, Christmas and Easter dinners consisting of a Ham or Turkey, potatoes, vegetables, dinner rolls, milk and a pie of their choice. Additional items will be added depending on the holiday. Any family with women and girls in Watauga County is eligible to receive these dinner. Contact Blowing Rock Cares for more information.

Golf Tournament Donation from Makoto’s

Makoto's Japanese Steak House & Sushi Bar Home

Following the 2021 golf tournament sponsored by Makoto’s of Boone, Blowing Rock Cares Food Pantry received a donation of $1088.00 to be used to assist with deliveries of both fresh and non perishable foods for the families with food insecurities in Watauga County. Makoto’s has partnered with Blowing Rock Cares in the past to raise funds for the pantry. May thanks to all those who participated in the tournament for this great cause.

St Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church Awards Grant

Blowing Rock Cares has been awarded a grant of $2080.00 from ST Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church to be used towards providing snacks for the Watauga County Schools system. Each school can request healthy snacks to be donated to the program on an ongoing basis. The snacks will be handed out to students by the schools social workers as well as the teachers as needed.

Blowing Rock Cares Receives Grant from Salem Presbytery

Blowing Rock Cares has been awarded $1500.00 from the Domestic Hunger Committee of Salem Presbytery.  These funds were collected through the Pennies for Hunger program – a program where children collect funds once a month to assist with feeding the hungry.  These funds will go towards the general fund of feeding families with food insecurities in Watauga County.

Cold Storage for the Pantry

In anticipation of partnering with Second Harvest, Blowing Rock Cares recognized the need for cold storage.  We put out the call and through grants from Blowing Rock Community Foundation and St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church plus individual donations, we have been able to purchase a new commercial refrigerator and a new freezer.  These appliances will allow us to purchase and store fresh fruit and vegetables as well as frozen food items until we can hand out and deliver to our clients.

We have also expanded our delivery services to our clients.  Any client who is not able to come by the pantry on Wednesdays between 9:00-12:00 can request to have their food delivered.  Based on location and available drivers, we will add the client to our delivery service.  Deliveries are made on Wednesdays and arrangements need to be made for someone to accept the food or for it to be left in a safe location.  Contact Blowing Rock Cares for all our options.  

Big Changes for Blowing Rock Cares Food Pantry

Blowing Rock Cares Food Pantry has partnered with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina to provide food and services to those in need in Watauga County.  Second Harvest is located in Winston Salem and is associated with Feeding American.   As a partner with Second Harvest, Blowing Rock Cares will be able to purchase both fresh and frozen food as well as non-perishable items at a reduced cost.  We are also able to purchase limited personal items for our clients.  Second Harvest also provides grants and training programs for their partner pantries.

Blowing Rock Cares is proud to be accepted into this wonderful organization.  For the first time since the conception of the BRCares, we are able to provide fresh fruit and vegetables to our clients as well as increasing the amount of food handed out each week.  Anyone from Watauga County needing food assistance just needs to come by Blowing Rock Cares Food Pantry on Wednesdays between 9:00-12:00, sign up to be a pantry client and take home a box of food.

Going forward Blowing Rock Cares Food Pantry will be open every Wednesday from 9:00 to 12:00. As always we welcome anyone from Watauga County with food insecurities to come by for a visit and pick up boxes of food.  We enjoy spending time with our pantry families.