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Blowing Rock Cares Food Pantry Grants Received 2020

Blowing Rock Cares Food Pantry Grants Received 2020

In 2020, Blowing Rock Cares Food Pantry has applied for a total of five grants. Of these, four have received funding. The following paragraphs describe the funding received and the focus of the grants that were funded this year.

 We applied in late July for a grant from the Salem Presbytery Domestic Hunger Program. We were notified in early November that we had been awarded funding in the amount of $1,000. Funds from this grant will help cover the costs of our participation with Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church in the Food4Families project. This project provides both perishable and nonperishable food to families whose children attend Blowing Rock School and receive free/reduced cost meals at school during the school year. Food distribution through this project typically occurs each year between early June and mid-August. Blowing Rock Cares Food Pantry has provided the nonperishable food for this project since summer 2018.

 We applied in early August for a special funding grant in the amount of $1,000 from the Tour of Homes Project at St. Mary of the Hills Episcopal Church in Blowing Rock. This year’s Tour of Homes Project had to be canceled because of the Covid-19 virus pandemic. St. Mary of the Hills decided to attempt a special temporary fund-raising effort in lieu of the traditional project. We have received notice that we were awarded funding in the amount of $1,500. These funds will be applied toward the purchase of a freezer for the pantry, which will allow us to store and distribute frozen perishable food as a regular part of the food items we distribute to our client families.

We applied in September for a grant from the Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge. We received notification on 11/16/20 that the grant had been accepted for funding in the amount of $2,590. Funds from this grant will help cover the costs of two pilot projects in 2021. These are, 1) a trial expansion of our holiday food program to include an Easter meal for Pantry client families and families whose children attend Blowing Rock School and receive free/reduced cost meals at school during the school year, and 2) a trial expansion of the Food4Families project (noted in the Salem Presbytery Domestic Hunger Program grant report, above) by one or two delivery dates. This is intended to provide these families more access to supplemental food between the end of one school year and the beginning of the next school year.

 We applied in late September/early October for a grant from the Blowing Rock Community Foundation. We were notified recently that we had been awarded an amount of $1,000. These funds will be applied toward the cost of a refrigerator for the pantry, which will allow us to store refrigerated perishable food, including some produce, as a regular part of the food items we distribute to our client families.

We are grateful for this funding support from within and outside of the Blowing Rock Community. We consider it to be a vote of confidence for the work we do with and for families in this community and Watauga County, and for how we go about doing that work.

Grants Committee: Jane Rogers, Dennis Norris, Don Rives, and Tim Harris

 

Our Featured Volunteer of Blowing Rock Cares-Dennis Norris

Dennis Norris

Dennis Norris

Blowing Rock Cares Food Pantry is staffed entirely by volunteers who are always giving of their time and talent to keep the pantry running smoothly.  We would like to recognize one of those special volunteers who has worked with BRCares for many years and has become one of our silent hero. 

Dennis Norris is an amazing person who gives almost daily of his time and energy purchasing food and supplies for Blowing Rock Cares Food Pantry.  He hits the stores early to locate and purchase needed food items as well as works to establish great relationships with local businesses so that we are always supplied with needed food and personal items.  During these current food crisis Dennis is on the road constantly searching for and purchasing items to keep the pantry open.  Dennis is also a BRCares board member and has been for many years.  His insight and experiences keeps the board focused on the tasks at hand.  He is truly a valued member of the board and a very special volunteer. 

Tim Harris  – Vice President of BRCares on his experiences working with Dennis: 

“His local network for that is amazing, and he is constantly looking for, ordering, picking up and restocking food, checking what’s on sale.  He only accepts help for pickup and restock, and calls/texts some number of folks to help with that.  The rest he prefers to do on his own – both for safety reasons and because he can ‘forage’ for a little here and a little there more efficiently alone than accompanied.  His knowledge of the inventory at any point in time and his organization are impressive, and he typically retains his sense of humor and perspective even when not doing so could easily be overlooked.” 

Thank you Dennis from everyone at Blowing Rock Cares.     

 

Watauga County organizations Donations during Covid -19 CRISIS

Many thanks to the following Watauga County organizations who are assisting Blowing Rock Cares Food Pantry during the current food crisis.  Your help and donations are allowing Blowing Rock Cares to give out boxes of food to those in need.  We couldn’t do it without the generous giving hearts of this wonderful community.

Stick Boy Bread Co

Wendy’s

Walmart

Lowes Food

Food Lion in Blowing Rock

Dollar Tree on Shadowline

First Presbyterian Church

Holy Cross Church

Women’s Fund of the Blue Ridge

St Mary of the Hills Parish

Laurel Springs Baptist Church

Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church

Town Tavern – Blowing Rock

Many personal donations from members of this community

Wendy’s of Boone, NC

The owner of Wendy’s in donating $5000.00 plus gift cards for food to be put is boxes – these cards should go in the BRCares boxes. 

The owner of Wendy’s in donating $5000.00 plus gift cards for food to be put is boxes

WALMART, WALMART, WALMART

-always gives a big head start for BR Cares!

We Thank you for your volunteers and your donations!

Kathy Beach : Rumple Memorial Presbyterian

The Missions Committee and Session of Rumple have great news for BR CARES.

Blowing Rock CARES. Because of an abundance of generosity to Rumple in 2019, the
Session designated over $20,000 additional dollars to the Rumple Missions Committee to be dispersed early in 2020.

We are excited to share that Blowing Rock CARES will be receiving this one time additional check from Rumple for $5275.00.