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Mobile Food Pantry provides tractor trailers full of food

Knights of Columbus volunteer Jeff Matthews unloads a watermelon from the truck during the Cooperative Christian Ministry Mobile Food Pantry on May 19.
Knights of Columbus volunteer Jeff Matthews unloads a watermelon from the truck during the Cooperative Christian Ministry Mobile Food Pantry on May 19. MARTY PRICE

The Cooperative Christian Ministry (CCM) and Second Harvest Food Bank Mobile Food Pantry provide food for those in need who have limited or no transportation options. This effort to help make ends meet is sponsored by local churches.

Concord resident Alberta Truesdale smiled as she picked up a box and headed for the food stations at St. James Catholic Church in Concord on May 19. She became unemployed due to an injury in 2013 and said that she doesn’t fit the requirements for help from most agencies.

“If you are single, with no children in the house, there really isn’t much help for you,” she said. “God thank you for the blessing of the people who help me. If it weren’t for things like this, I don’t know where people like me would be.”

Barry Porter, food program manager with CCM, has been in charge of the mobile food pantries for the past 11 years. “There are no restrictions or requirements for families to receive assistance here,” Porter said.

Porter said Second Harvest Food Bank supplies one tractor trailer full of food per pantry and, on average, they serve 300-350 families per event. Eight locations across Concord and Kannapolis were scheduled for the pantries, which will continue through October as weather permits.

Due to bad weather, the first pantry for the year, scheduled for April 16 at Memorial United Methodist Church in Kannapolis, was canceled.

The May 19 Mobile Food Pantry at St. James Catholic Church was sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 7450. Volunteers from Kohl’s and Modern Impressions joined the volunteers from the church and CCM, filling bags with food for those who had lined up in the warm sun.

Kannapolis volunteer Zyphretta Butler was packing frozen food from the truck into bags and joking with the other volunteers. Butler said that she has been bringing her children and volunteering with the mobile pantries since she moved here from Salisbury 10 years ago. “I feel good when I do it,” she said.

Many of the volunteers enjoy the same feeling, knowing they made a difference in someone’s life.

Kannapolis resident Sheila Easterling is part of a family of five that is struggling while she looks for a job. “This really helps my family because we run out of food a lot,” she said.

Marty Price is a freelance writer. Have a story idea for Marty? Email him at martyprice53@gmail.com.

Operation dates

The CCM and Second Harvest Mobile Food Pantry operates from 10 a.m. to noon on the dates and at the locations listed below.

Thursday, June 4: Bethpage Presbyterian Church, 6020 Mooresville Road, Kannapolis

Thursday, July 16: Mt. Olivet United Methodist Church, 301 Mt. Olivet Road, Kannapolis

Thursday, July 30: Calvary Lutheran Church, 950 Bradley St. NE, Concord

Tuesday, Aug. 18: Midway United Methodist Church, 708 S. Main St., Kannapolis

Thursday, Sept. 17: Connect Christian Church, 3101 Davidson Highway (N.C. 3), Concord

Thursday, Oct. 15: The Village Shopping Center, 280 Concord Parkway S., Concord

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