Launching Hunger Free Haywood

Posted 06/14/12

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Hunger Free Haywood is a community based effort addressing hunger insecurity in the Haywood community from June l5th through July l5th, 2012. Throughout the month, local businesses
and organizations will be accepting food staples, to be distributed directly to the local food
pantries and soup kitchens in Haywood County.

GOAL: To collect 50,000 pounds of food, increase awareness about hunger in Haywood
County, and educate the community about what is being done and who is participating. This
effort is a way to empower the generous residents of Haywood County to reach out to their
neighbors and help reduce the stigma associated with hunger.

HUNGER FACTS:

  • Of the Haywood County population of 59,000 residents (2010), the overall food
    insecurity rate was 16%.
  • Within our population, the median income is $41,377, and 12.30% live below the poverty
    level.
  • A staggering 29.8% of children in our community experience food insecurity.

2,309 people in Haywood County receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (food
stamps) benefits. In 2011, MANNA FoodBank provided 603,731 pounds of food that were
distributed to those in need through partner agencies; food pantries (12), soup kitchens (2) etc.

Ron Leatherwood stated, “Many people are surprised that this level of hunger exists right here
in our own community. Armed with this knowledge, the challenge is to provide a convenient
way to allow everyone to step up and become a part of the solution.” Haywood County
Community Partners are addressing the need through the organization of a month-long,
Hunger Free Haywood food drive in conjunction with MANNA FoodBank. Collection barrels
will be located at participating local businesses and organizations throughout the county.
Residents and visitors are invited to deposit non-perishable food items for collection and
distribution to local pantries and soup kitchens.

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HOW TO GET INVOLVED:

Look for a Hunger Free Haywood red barrel at participating businesses and organizations.
Deposit non-perishable food items between June l5th and July l5th, 2012. Contact the
Haywood County Chamber of Commerce, (828)456-3021 for a list of collection locations. If you
would prefer to make a monetary donation, stop by any Haywood County BB&T location for
additional information.

HUNGER FREE HAYWOOD is an opportunity to get involved with our community, keep our
efforts within our community and address a serious need in our community. With the
participation from the very generous residents of Haywood County, we can come together to
address the serious needs of our neighbors here in our county.

Food collected will be distributed to people in need through the following Haywood County
MANNA Partner Agencies:

THE COMMUNITY KITCHEN
GRACE EPISCOPAL CHURCH FOOD PANTRY
HAYWOOD CHRISTIAN MINISTRY
THE SALVATION ARMY – SHELTON LAUREL
THE SALVATION ARMY – WAYNESVILLE
BEULAH BAPTIST CHURCH
THE OPEN DOOR
PIGEON COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CENTER
HAYWOOD BAPTIST RELIEF CTR.
FINES CREEK COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ASSOCIATION
NORTH HOMINY COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT CLUB
BETHEL RURAL COMMUNITY PANTRY

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