Cooperative Christian Ministry is on pace to serve a record-number of people this summer through its Crisis Center and satellite food pantries.In May, all the pantries set monthly records for households served, individuals served and pounds of food distributed. In North Carolina, only one in seven children on a free-and-reduced-lunch plan at school gets lunch in the summer, according to CCM officials. That means six children go without or their parents or caretakers turn to organizations like CCM for help.“We continue to have a lot of first-time families come through our food pantries, as well as returning families,” said CCM Food Program Manager Barry Porter. “As students finish school, their parents have to find a way to feed them breakfast and lunch every day.“Even though our food donations have increased from the community, the demand for food is outpacing the donations, especially during the summer, when more children are eating at home.”To offset the shrinking supply of nonperishable food items available at pantries – including nine satellite pantries and the Crisis Center pantry – CCM is hosting its second annual Summer Food Drive, which will last through August. Nonperishable 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 Cabarrus County.In conjunction with the Summer Food Drive, CCM also is hosting two special challenges.The first, “The Kids CAN Too,” offers children a chance to collect 100 cans of food and receive a special prize by bringing those cans to the CCM Crisis Center. The second, the “1,000 Can Challenge,” is being offered to churches and asks congregations to collect 1,000 cans of food.Details: 704-786-4709 or www.cooperativeministry.com.
Friday, Jul. 12, 2013
Help stock food shelves this summer
Want to help? These are CCM’s Summer Food Drive satellite drop-off locations: Concord • On the Run, 1160 Copperfield Blvd. • On the Run, 540 Lake Concord Road • On the Run, 1110 Union St. S. • On the Run, 1595 Highway 73 E. • On the Run, 211 N.C. 73 • Cannon Pharmacy, Concord, 760 Cabarrus Ave. W., • F&M Bank, 635 Church St. N. • Independent Tribune, 363 Church St. N., Suite 140 Harrisburg • On the Run, 3700 Concord Pkwy. S., Harrisburg Kannapolis • On the Run, 1110 Dale Earnhardt Blvd. • Cannon Pharmacy, Kannapolis Main, 1706 S. Cannon Blvd. • Cannon Pharmacy, 1402 N. Cannon Blvd. • Centerview Hardware, 707 N. Cannon Blvd. • F&M Bank, 2975 Dale Earnhardt Blvd. CCM food pantry locations and hours: • CCM Crisis Center, 246 Country Club Drive, Concord. 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays; 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Wednesdays. • Bethel Baptist Helping Hands Food Pantry, 1209 1/4 Opal St., Kannapolis. 9 a.m.- 1p.m. Mondays and Thursdays. • Cupboard of Love Food Pantry, 273 N.C. 49 S., Concord. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays. • Kannapolis Food Pantry, 1100 Pine St., Kannapolis. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays. • Christian Hearts Food Pantry at Oak Ridge Baptist Church, 5340 Flowes Store Road, Concord. 8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays. • North Kannapolis Baptist Church Food Pantry, 312 Locust St., Kannapolis. 9 a.m.-noon Wednesdays. • New Life Baptist Church, 1281 Biscayne Drive, Concord. 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays. • TB2G Food Pantry, 11000 Reed Mine Road, Midland. Call 704-888-3090 for appointment. • Charity Baptist Church, 2420 Brantley Road, Kannapolis. Call 704-9358-7668 for appointment. Details: 704-786-4709 or www. cooperativeministry.com.
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