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Request of $7,500 from A Storehouse for Jesus
Feeding Uninsured Low Income Residents of Davie County. The Storehouse Distribution Ministry strives to alleviate the problem of hunger and hunger insecurity in our community. A Storehouse for Jesus provides one week of food (21 meals) for each member of the family at a single visit. Currently, we receive donations of food items from local supermarkets, churches and other community organizations. A group of our volunteers work 7 days a week visiting local food markets to collect donated perishable meats, vegetables, fruits, and bakery products. Local farmers and gardeners bring in extra produce during the summer months. However, our distribution needs go beyond these donated items and we are compelled to purchase additional food items on a regular basis. We buy wholesale, salvage and surplus food from Second Harvest Food Bank and from the Food Lion Community Food Buying Program for Nonprofits. This grant will be used for the purchase of food items distributed at Family Visits.
Request of $15,000 from Advocacy Center of Davie County
Emergency Assistance for Davie County Residents This project will help Davie County residents experiencing emergencies in housing, transportation, utilities, home repair, and other areas of need to prevent homelesness. As of January 2021 there are currently 10.7 million Americans unemployed due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Funds will be used to assist in emergencies that will prevent homelessness and self-reliance as follows: shelter in general, safe shelter with basic necessities of water, lights, transportation assistance, and other emergency needs with a direct impact on sustainability of Davie County residents.
Request of $1,760 from Davie County 4-H
4-H Community Garden in Farmington Davie County 4-H has the opportunity for 4-H Youth to construct and manage a teaching garden in the Farmington. Laura Mathis, who is the property owner in Farmington where the garden resides, has agreed to allow Davie County 4-H to develop and manage a 1600 square-foot area for our 4-H Community Garden. In addition to providing the land, she is also covering all water costs for the community garden and helping to teach 4-H Youth about organic gardening. The produce grown in addition to teaching youth about organic gardening techniques, will be donated to Storehouse for Jesus’ Food Pantry.
Request of $10,000 from Davie High Hunger Fighters
Food bags for Mocksville & William R Davie Elementary School students
Teachers came together to form Davie High Hunger Fighters when they noticed that students were coming to school during exam week, but did not have exams. They were coming to school to eat! Over the years, teachers and high school staff have been delivering food to students’ homes. In March 2020, when COVID-19 began, DHHF went from feeding 40 students/week to over 300/week, getting requests from all Davie County Schools. Since August 2020, Davie High Hunger Fighters has been purchasing and providing food weekly for Mocksville Elementary (120 food bags/week) and William R. Davie Elem 2 weeks / month (60bags/week).
Request of $15,000 from Family Promise of Davie County
Partial Funding for a Full-Time Trauma Informed Care Case Manager
Family Promise has had only one full-time staff person, the Executive Director, since opening in 2017. They have operated their case management program with a part-time staff person up to this point . As their programs have grown, and as families have graduated, their commitment to providing individualized supportive services has increased the demands on staff. Having a full-time case manager will allow Family Promise to serve more families in the community and implement programming specifically for the children they serve. Experiencing homelessness is traumatic (no matter how welcoming Family Promise staff and volunteers are) for both parents and children. Having this full-time staff person (with a background in social work) would allow Family Promise to do psycho-educational work with the kids to address things like feeling identification, relaxation techniques, anger management, etc.
Request of $4,000 from Humane Society of Davie County
The Humane Society of Davie County (HSDC) is committed to reducing unnecessary euthanasia in our community through increased pet adoptions, promoting spay and neuter programs, and providing low-income pet owners with access to our food pantry. The goal of HSDC’s “Keeping People and Pets Together” program is to provide a safety net to local families in or approaching poverty who have pets but are struggling to meet both human and pet needs day to day. The struggle is exacerbated by the pandemic as job losses and financial and food vulnerability increase. Those families find themselves in a Catch-22 situation. Their pets provide much needed support in terms of physical, mental, and emotional health, particularly given the isolation and stresses imposed by the pandemic. However, providing pet food, cat litter, and even basic medical care for their pets may be beyond their means, forcing them to abandon their pets. By providing families in poverty access to a pet food pantry and low cost spay/neuter, they may be able to keep their pets.
Request of $2,000 from N.C. Cooperative Extension
Davie County has two established farmers markets, one in Mocksville and one in Bermuda Run. Neither accept SNAP. Grocery stores are limited to these areas, as well. The county’s federally identified urban food dessert is located in the heart of Mocksville; however, residents in the northern, western, and southern regions of the county have very limited access to fresh foods. Available public transportation is limited to central Mocksville. The Mobile Farmers Market will operate on Wednesday and Thursday mornings at locations in Cooleemee and Mocksville. The market will target and be accessible for families visiting summer meal sites coordinated by Davie County Schools. A final market schedule and locations will be determined by the project advisory committee with possible locations including parks, community centers, churches, and county and school facilities. Farmers have been identified to support this project. With the refrigeration provided by another grant, produce can be collected from farmers on Tuesday and be ready to load for market the following morning, while leftover produce can be held over for Thursday’s market.
Request of $10,000 from Smith Grove UMC
The Cooleemee Community Initiative-Weekly FREE Meals/Mobile Food Pantry will provide food to the town of Cooleemee (severe food desert in Davie County) with a fresh/hot meal each Thursday at the197 Main Street Campus (The Bridge @197 Main) as well as provide staple, non-perishable foods through a mobile food pantry that travels through Cooleemee each week. The goal of the project is to build and foster meaningful relationships in community through food. Food serves as the relational vehicle by which conversations, mutual sharing, and the formation of human capital with others occurs. Smith Grove is then able to address the systemic issues of poverty that are often initially rooted in hunger.