Bethel Rural Community Organization's Food Pantry Benefits from Grant
Bethel Rural Community Organization’s Bonnie Chamberlain wrote a grant for BRCO to receive $1,000 in funds to purchase a refrigerator and freezer for the food pantry. BRCO operates the weekly food distribution center at the organization’s home base, Bethel Presbyterian Church. The goal of the Agency Capacity- Building Grant through Wal-Mart and MANNA Food Bank was to help agency partners meet immediate needs and increase the network’s ability to move fresh, refrigerated, and frozen products to people in need. Priority was given to agency partners that demonstrated a high level of network engagement by participating in talking councils and Food and Nutrition Services (FNS). Lowe’s supplied the freezer/refrigeration equipment.
BRCO’s pantry serves fifteen to thirty families (approximately seventy people) per month. In addition, the pantry committee provides vouchers for clients to use at local farms, thereby assuring that those who desire to do so may receive fresh produce throughout the season. Several co-operative food drives have provided school children with convenience foods during school breaks and at Christmas. BRCO is also a sponsor of the Buy Haywood program’s Farm Map.