Sharing Center seeks support for matching funds challenge

June 3, 2014

The Ashe County Sharing Center is among 30 food assistance organizations across Northwest North Carolina selected to receive up to $500 in matching funds through a challenge grant opportunity provided by Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina.

“The need in our community is great and continues to grow,” said Michael Sexton, Program Facilitator at the Sharing Center. “We are asking everyone with the means to give to make a gift, however great or small, to help us reach our goal of raising $500 by June 6, 2014. A gift of $5 will become $10 through Second Harvest Food Bank’s Matching Grant program, and help us to provide critical nutritional support for our neighbors in need.”

“Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina is proud to partner with more than 400 charitable food assistance programs across 18 counties to provide food and other resources to address the significant problem of hunger in our region,“ said Nikki McCormick, Director of Agency Relations. “The Ashe County Sharing Center’s application stood out among a large group of worthy recipients. We are thrilled to be able to provide further assistance in support of their vitally important work.”

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina’s Matching Grants program strives to strengthen the ability of its partner programs to address food insecurity in local communities across Northwest North Carolina. The 2014 Grant program was made possible through a generous gift from the estate of Sandra Lou (Sandy) Kirkham Gallant, a former Second Harvest Food Bank board member and ardent supporter of the organization, as well as many other area non-profits.

All funds will be used toward Shared Maintenance Fees/Rural Delivery Fees to obtain healthy food available at Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC. While certain products are available at no fee and there are many additional benefits provided through our partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, a fee is assessed on some available products to provide modest support for Second Harvest Food Bank operations, which benefit our local community.

For more information, contact Sexton at the Sharing Center at 336-849-7019.

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