CONCORD, N.C. (WBTV) - – Each year, Cooperative Christian Ministry sees firsthand the need for the Mobile Food Pantry program. In this program, specially equipped trucks from Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina deliver between 5,000 and 10,000 pounds of food to a centralized location in Cabarrus County or Kannapolis where demand is high but there may be transportation issues.
Each year, the popularity of the program increases, and more Second Harvest partner agencies participate. CCM Food Program Manager Barry Porter says the demand for Mobile Food Pantry dates has greatly increased with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina this year. This means more Second Harvest pantry partner agencies will be participating in the program, but that CCM will only host 8 Mobile Food Pantries (see attached schedule for a listing of all Mobile Food Pantry dates and locations). The first Mobile Food Pantry will be held Thursday, April 16 at Memorial United Methodist Church in Kannapolis from 10 a.m. to 12 noon.
"We are glad to have the opportunity again this year, in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, to distribute food to those who need food assistance in Cabarrus County and Kannapolis with our Mobile Food Pantry program," says Porter. Because of the increased demand, there is a change in CCM's usual schedule this year as well. "Two of CCM's dates are on Tuesday this year instead of the usual Thursday."
Nine local churches will partner in the eight pantries his year throughout the community – four in Kannapolis and four in Concord. Last year's partner churches, individuals and businesses helped distribute more than 64 tons of food to almost 3,500 households. "We are extremely grateful to our excellent business, organization and church volunteers who help distribute food at these sites," says Porter. On average, each mobile food pantry distributes food to more than 300 households.
Individuals and families attending will be asked for identification, the number of people in their household and the household gross income. Attendees should be prepared to carry home at least three bags of free groceries. In the event of rain, the mobile food pantries could be cancelled, so check the CCM website or Facebook for cancellation information. Participants are asked not to arrive at the pantry locations prior to 8 a.m.
Thursday, April 16: Memorial United Methodist Church, 1100 West C St., Kannapolis
Tuesday, May 19: St. James Catholic Church, 139 Manor Avenue SW, Concord
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, August 18: Midway United Methodist Church, 708 S. Main St., Kannapolis
Thursday, September 17: Connect Christian Church, 3101 Davidson Hwy (Hwy 73), Concord