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"CAN Hunger in the High Country"
Cornhole Tournament April 22 2010

"FlipSide will host the "CAN Hunger in the High Country" Cornhole Tournament to benefit the Hunger & Health Coalition, Thursday April 22 at 4 p.m. The entry fee for the tournament is 6 cans per team, or a $10 entry fee per team may be substituted. The grand prize is a $50 gift card to FlipSide. Registration will begin at 3:30 p.m.

For more information, click here to contact Allie Whitson

Hunger and Health Coalition in Boone North Carolina

Helping Others Help:
The Hunger & Health Coalition

March 2009

Article & Photos by Pat Johns

These are very difficult times for many people. It seems there are so many problems to solve at once. But there are organizations and people who are hard at work helping people at the most urgent level. Food. Clothing. Shelter. Medicine.

If you want to see people making a difference visit the Hunger and Health Coalition off Bamboo Road. These volunteers channel the donations of individuals, grocery stores, restaurants, businesses, doctors and food banks to those who urgently need nutritious meals, warm clothing, medicine, help in finding a job and more. Donations of food and clothing arrive at the back of the building. Volunteers help donors unload, then repackage the food into boxes which are distributed throughout the day to individuals and families in need.

Hunger and Health Coalition in Boone North Carolina

Their mission?

" . . . to relieve poverty and hunger in a compassionate manner for families and individuals who are experiencing economic hardship and food shortages. This assistance may include food, medicine, and referrals to other community resources. The Hunger and Health Coalition meets emergency needs while acting as a community resource assisting those in need to find a more permanent solution." ~ HungerCoalition.com (see link below)
Hunger and Health Coalition in Boone North Carolina
Hunger and Health Coalition in Boone North Carolina

1. Food Assistance

The Hunger Coalition deals daily with families struggling with "food insecurity" and they ask you to imagine being unable to count on feeding your family adequately each day. Many times family members will skip meals or eat lower quality, less expensive foods just to ensure that others in the family will have food. The Coalition's website reports that nearly half of these families have incomes above the poverty level and many times are ineligible for food stamps.

a. Food Recovery Program

This program provides frozen meals from already prepared meals donated by local restaurants.

b. The Market

Allows clients to shop for fresh produce, bread, meats and cheeses.

Hunger and Health Coalition in Boone North Carolina

c. Healthy Start

Children in Head Start programs in Watauga & Avery counties can pick up healthy foods for the weekends.

d. Snacks for Scholars

This program offers healthy after-school snacks.

How to Help

The Hunger & Health Coalition uses money donations to support their purchases of food from the Second Harvest Food Bank. They use food donations directly in their pantry and food boxes. They particularly need food high in protein and fruits and vegetables. Fresh foods are always welcome.

Hunger and Health Coalition in Boone North Carolina

2. Pharmacy Assistance

Many people also need help with obtaining critical prescription medicines. Many of the poor in our community must choose between medicine and food, utilities and other necessities. The Coalition's website cites 3 trends that are increasing the need for pharmacy assistance; rising prescription costs, lack of adequate insurance and limited incomes. They note that the disabled and senior citizens are particularly vulnerable in this area.

141 Pharmacy

This program was started in 1995 and the demand has grown. Today they fill approximately 1000 prescriptions each month.

How to Help

Your monetary donations can be critical to programs like these.

Hunger and Health Coalition in Boone North Carolina

3. Support Services

The Coalition partners with The Grace Builders of the Grace Evangelical Lutheran Church in Boone and "We Can!" to provide wood for home heating.

How to Help

This program can always use volunteers. To learn more call the office of the Church at (828) 264-2206.

Hunger and Health Coalition in Boone North Carolina

Some Facts

In January, 2009 the Hunger & Health Coalition & its partners:

  • Fed 1,651 people, 155 of them new to the program.
  • Distributed 651 food boxes.
  • Distributed 2426 pounds of meat.
  • Collected 26,255 pounds of food.
  • Served 60 children in the Healthy Start Program.
  • Distributed 132 snack bags in the Snacks for Scholars Program.
  • Had 654 visits to 141 Pharmacy, 69 from new clients.
  • Dispensed 1,362 prescriptions, valued at $147,238.
  • Received $20,140 in donated medical samples.
  • Helped 86 clients in the Professional Clothes Closet program.
  • 142 volunteers gave 1,482 hours of service.
Hunger and Health Coalition in Boone North Carolina

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