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ASU Fraternities Sponsoring Chili Dinner on November 25th

IFC, which is the governing council for all fraternities on the campus of Appalachian State University, will be hosting a Chili Dinner and canned food drive in November for Blowing Rock CARES!  This will take place on November 25th here in the Student Union.  The cost will be $5 at the door and all proceeds will go to Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S.  IFC is also doing a canned food drive the week prio. Update: the Chili Dinner will be from 6:30 pm to 8 pm in the Blue Ridge Ballroom at the Plemmons Student Union building on the ASU campus.

C.A.R.E.S. Client Data Shows Increasing Need During 2013


Data for 2013 shows a substantial increase in need for food items during 2013. According to C.A.R.E.S. volunteer Alexis Molenda, “Something interesting to note is the reduction in children served for September, while the number of adults served continued to increase.  One possibility is the children returning to school and receiving free or reduced breakfast and lunch.” Additional information available as pdf graphs: 1) Children versus Adults Served during 2013, 2) Families Served Per Month during 2013, 3) Cumulative Total Clients Served during 2013 and 4) Adult/Child Clients Served Per Month during 2013.

Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S. Becomes Partner Agency of Second Harvest Food Bank of NW NC

second-harvestThanks to the diligent work of volunteers, Blowing Rock CARES has become an official partner agency of the Second Harvest Food Bank of NW NC. The Second Harvest Food Bank of NW NC is a major nonprofit hunger-relief organization serving 18 counties across Northwest NC though a network of more than 400 partner food assistance programs. As an official Partner Agency, Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S. will now be able to purchase and distribute food from Second Harvest Food Bank of NW NC. More information on Second Harvest Food Bank of NW NC can be found on their website at

Casa Rustica’s Seventh Annual Charity Golf Tournament Benefits C.A.R.E.S.

On behalf of the children and families in Watauga County, Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S. would like to thank all those who participated, volunteered, sponsored, and donated to the Casa Rustica’s Seventh Annual Charity Golf Tournament. Very special thanks must go to event organizers, Rick and Liz Pedroni of Casa Rustica Restaurant, for selecting Blowing rock C.A.R.E.S. to benefit again from this year’s event. The lively competition, great food and generous raffle items all contributed to a wonderful day. Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S. is a nonprofit all volunteer 501(c)3 organization whose mission is to help families in Watauga County that are in need with food, some non-perishable items and limited assistance with utility bills. Our aim is to help fill the gaps in the assistance network already available. Again we would like to express our heartfelt thanks to Rick and Liz Pedroni of Casa Rustica.

– Board of Directors, Blowing Rock C.A.R.E.S.

Sundays in October — Pantry Items Sought

Seasonal residents that are heading south for the winter are invited to empty their pantries into grocery carts that will be behind Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church during Sundays in October 2013. This effort is being led by a Rumple Memorial Presbyterian Church Circle group and coordinated by Billie Hicklin.