Kannapolis church marks 1st year as CCM partner food pantry
Friday, Feb. 28, 2014

Kannapolis church marks 1st year as CCM partner food pantry

Maxine Hare, right, discusses fresh produce donations with Patsy Steen, a volunteer for the pantry at North Kannapolis Baptist Church.

Maxine Hare is full of enthusiasm for the food pantry at North Kannapolis Baptist Church.

As one of the founding volunteers, she’s been with the pantry since the beginning. She’s always eager to read thank-you notes aloud to everyone from people they have helped, as well as coordinate the pantry for the church.

It’s earned her a catch-phrase with all her volunteers, friends and fellow church members: “If you want to see excitement, see Maxine!”

She has reason to be excited. In February, the food pantry celebrates its first anniversary of becoming a Cooperative Christian Ministry partner food pantry.

During its first year partnering with CCM, the North Kannapolis Baptist Church Food Pantry was open on 48 Wednesday mornings. In that time it distributed almost 30,000 pounds of food to more than 1,000 households where more than 3,000 individuals live.

The first day it opened as a CCM partner – Feb. 6, 2013 – 10 families visited the church pantry. Since then, it has averaged 21 households per day and attracted more than 30 households some days.

“God blesses us,” said Hare. “When our pantry was almost empty of food, I prayed to God. … And we had a donation come in.”

Tacked onto the wall at the entrance of the pantry are notes of thanksgiving and praise that have come to it. Some came attached to bags of food donated to the pantry by former clients who are now able to give back.

Seeing the notes, and the eager and willing volunteers every Wednesday, gives hope to Hare and others who donate their time.

“We just feel like this is what God wants us to do,” said Hare.

“North Kannapolis Baptist Church is a prime location for a food pantry in Kannapolis, and the congregation has really embraced the idea,” said Barry Porter, food program manager for CCM. “They are really enthusiastic in continuing the Lord’s work in this area.”

Porter said he looks forward to the partnership with North Kannapolis Baptist Church for many years to come.

Cooperative Christian Ministry provides immediate assistance to residents of Cabarrus and southern Rowan counties who are experiencing crisis in the areas of food, shelter or finances. While doing so, it engages them in a series of actions designed to empower them to move beyond crisis.

CCM was established in 1981 as a faith-based, independent, nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization.

Cooperative Christian Ministry

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