Fines Creek food pantry gets $3600 grant

Apr 19, 2017
Photo by: Donated From left are Elizabeth Ledford; Dale Ledford, board members, Fines Creek; Bennie Sharpton, Advisory Board member, The Fund for Haywood County; Judy Smith and Ed Finney, board members, Fines Creek; Charlie Hornbostel, Fines Creek board chair; Greg Livengood, board member, Fines Creek; and Neal Ensley, Advisory Board member, The Fund for Haywood County.

FINES CREEK — The Fund for Haywood County, an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina (CFWNC), recently presented a check for $3,600 to the Fines Creek Community Association for utility costs and supplemental food within their MANNA Pantry.

“The pantry feeds more than 60 families monthly,” said Charles Hornbostel, board chair. “The oldest recipient is 93-years-old and the youngest is 2-months-old.”

The pantry’s mission is to “protect the heart of the community and serve its people.” Over 60 percent of its members are elderly and on a fixed or low income. Many have medical problems that bring an additional financial burden and many struggle to meet the basics of life.

The outreach of the Fines Creek Community Association is to the residents of Fines Creek, Panther Creek and White Oak communities. The old Fines Creek School serves as a central gathering point for these communities, offering opportunities for social gatherings and the community Waynesville Library/Wi-Fi Center.

“The number in need is increasing at the same time the availability of food has decreased or become unpredictable,” said Hornbostel. Refrigerated storage of available food and the resultant costs challenge the mission. A large part of the facility is dedicated for food storage and distribution, which includes five freezers and two refrigerators for perishables.

“You can rest assured that the funds you have provided will be well spent,” said Hornbostel. “[It] will enable us to obtain additional food and help defray the costs of storing it.”

The Fund for Haywood County, an affiliate of The Community Foundation of Western North Carolina, is a permanently endowed fund to meet local needs. Tax-deductible gifts are added to the principal, which is preserved and invested. The returns are used to make grants to support nonprofits in Haywood County.

For more information about The Fund for Haywood County, please contact Advisory Board Chair Christine Mallette at 734-0570.