The Beach Food Pantry is kicking off our first-ever annual appeal. In commemoration of our 25 years of providing service to the Dare County community, we are conducting this appeal throughout the remainder of the year and throughout upcoming holiday season.
We are reaching out today to you, our friends and supporters, to share news about the Beach Food Pantry, and update you on some of our new programs. As a result of your interest and support, as well as donations from across our Outer Banks’ community, we were able to provide emergency food assistance to 5,100 individuals in 2013, representing nearly 15% of Dare County residents!
The Pantry purchases the majority of the non-perishable items that are distributed. These items provide families with a core set of staple food items to feed a household for 2 to 4 weeks. Donations of food items that augment our core food offerings are received from community food drives; individual and organization donations; participation in the monthly Supplemental Nutritional Assistance program; and perishable food donations of bread, meat, produce, and dairy from area Food Lion, Fresh Market, and Walmart stores.
This past year, you may have heard that we instituted a new Board of Directors and hired a part-time Executive Director. These changes were necessary to meet the increasing challenge of bringing in enough food and donations to sustain the Pantry. We have been pleased with the resulting increases in the number of volunteers, improvements to our website, increased social media presence, new partnerships with community and national organizations to secure grant funding and participate in fundraisers, and new monthly e-newsletter for supporters.
The Beach Food Pantry’s mission is to provide direct nutritional assistance to Dare County’s residents in a temporary crises or emergency situations. In our unique seasonal economy, this can be challenging. The Cost of Living Index released in May 2014 revealed that the cost of living in Dare County is 8.7% above the national average. Food costs were about 5% above the national average. Non-seasonal unemployment is as high as 20%; and 15% of the county’s population is food insecure.
To help meet the needs of our community, we have implemented an annual appeal and sponsorship program and plan to develop other community fundraisers to help us feed the hungry in our community. Donation information, sponsorship levels, pledge opportunities, and information about food drives, volunteering, and our e-newsletter are highlighted on our rack card inserted below or by clicking here- Beach Food Pantry Rack Card. You may also donate via Paypal at our Donate Button in the header or on the left hand side of each of our website pages.
We hope that you will support the Beach Food Pantry through a monetary donation, sponsorship, pledge, or donation of time or food items as well as share our mission and challenges with others in the community. Your efforts are vital to our success in alleviating food insecurity in Dare County and we look forward to our partnership with you in the coming year.
We have contacted over 1,600 of our fellow Dare County residents and supporters by mail and are reaching out to the rest of our community through our website, social media outlets, supporting churches and organizations, and email newsletter. Please help us spread the word by sharing this information with your friends, family, coworkers, and anyone that you think would be interested!
The First Annual Beach Food Pantry Holiday Chefs Challenge was held on Tuesday, December 4, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina. Over 250 guests sampled dishes specially prepared for the evening by 14 local Outer Banks chefs and voted for their favorite Beach Food Pantry inspired creation.
The 2014 winners are:
- Commoner’s Culinary Choice First Place – Patrick Flynn of Jolly Roger Restaurant
- Commoner’s Culinary Choice Second Place – Richard Bruce of Pigman’s Bar-B-Que with Shawn Radford of Food Dudes Kitchen
- Crown Prince of Canned Goods – Shaun Belangia of the Garden Grille & Bar at the Hilton Garden Inn
Mark your calendars now and plan to attend the 2015 Beach Food Pantry Holiday Chefs Challenge on Thursday, December 3, 2015!
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The First Annual Holiday Chefs Challenge Committee is working hard, and having fun, getting ready for Thursday’s event!
Can we just tell you a little secret? We are having an amazing prize basket raffle and silent auction in addition to all of the yummy food being offered by our great Outer Banks restaurants and chefs – everything from restaurant gift certificates to golf packages to a two-night stay in an oceanfront cottage to massages to hair care to music to doggie grooming and boarding to acupuncture and reiki to movies to house cleaning to wine to food to local art to advertising, social media, and interior decorating services.
Tickets are available online at www.beachfoodpantry.org, by calling 252-261-2756, at Gateway Bank in Kitty Hawk, at Made in the OBX in Kitty Hawk, and at the door.
For $50 – you get to sample specialty dishes from 15 Outer Banks chefs, taste and then vote on vote on the chefs’ creations made with ingredients on site which are upon items provided at the pantry, listen to six awesome local musical acts, have two beverages (you can buy additional at the cash bar), purchase extra Gateway Bank Culinary Coins to vote for your favorite chef or chefs, and win great raffle and silent auction items. And all proceeds go to help those in need right here in Dare County!
Can’t wait to see you all for this first-time event which is sure to become an Outer Banks holiday tradition! This event sponsored in part by the Outer Banks Visitors Bureau.