2014 Sponsor Benefits
25 years of working together to help alleviate food insecurity in our Dare County community.
Did you know?
- More than 11% of Dare County residents live in poverty.
- North Carolina has exhibited statistically higher household rates of food insecurity than the national average from 2000 – 2012. In fact, North Carolina ranks #6 in the nation for food insecurity.
- That in 2013, we served 1,091 families for a total of 2,950 individuals.
- That in 2014, we served a little over 5,100 individuals.
- 80% – 90% of the food items that we distribute are purchased so that we may provide a consistent set of food items for our clients; the remainder of the items are donated through community food drives.
- We have hundreds of volunteers who help staff the pantry, stock shelves, pick up food donations, conduct food drives, and support community outreach opportunities.
- 15 churches in our Dare County community regularly support us by volunteering, conducting food drives, and donating funds.
Beach Food Pantry Platinum Partner $10,000
$10,000 – Directly supports nearly 400 individuals who need emergency food assistance for a month (includes food; personal care items; warehouse and facility costs; utilities; logistics; and administrative costs).
Beach Food Pantry Gold Partner $5,000
$5,000 – Directly supports 200 individuals who need emergency food assistance for a month (includes food; personal care items; warehouse and facility costs; utilities; logistics; and administrative costs).
Beach Food Pantry Silver Partner $2,500
$2,500 – Directly supports 100 individuals who need emergency food assistance for a month (includes food; personal care items; warehouse and facility costs; utilities; logistics; and administrative costs).
Beach Food Pantry Bronze Partner $1,000
$1,000 – Directly supports 40 individuals who need emergency food assistance for a month (includes food; personal care items; warehouse and facility costs; utilities; logistics; and administrative costs).
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Last week’s PetsMart food drive brought in nearly 600 pounds of dog and cat food to help us feed the pets of those we serve here at the Beach Food Pantry. A special thanks goes out to PetsMart in Nags Head, all of the great employees, and Julie Gross for their support and everyone in the community who generously contributed to our first-ever pet food drive!
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 Beach Food Pantry has teamed up with PetsMart to conduct our first-ever pet food drive. The “PetsMart Gives Back” Food Drive will be held from Monday, September 8, 2014 through Sunday, September 14, 2014 at the PetsMart located at 2210 South Croatan Highway in Nags Head.
PetsMart is conducting this pet food drive through its “PetsMart Gives Back” initiative. This initiative focuses on giving back to local communities throughout the United States in support of organizations that enrich people’s lives through the power of pets. There will be a table set up at PetsMart with various donation examples at different price points, as well as information about the Beach Food Pantry.
The Beach Food Pantry distributes dog and cat food to those we serve who are pet owners when we have pet food in stock. All dog and cat food distributed by the Beach Food Pantry comes from community donations and food drives like this one. The community’s support of events such as this PetsMart Food Drive is critical in assisting the Beach Food Pantry in helping our fellow Dare County residents in need.
The Beach Food Pantry, located at 500 Sand Dune Drive in Kitty Hawk, is a benevolent non-profit organization dedicated to serving the hungry in Dare County. In 2013, the Beach Food Pantry served 5,100 people totaling 15% of the county’s population. The mission of the Pantry is to help fight hunger of Dare County residents by providing temporary assistance of food and other nutritional items, as well as to recommend other services that might help alleviate hunger and reduce the impact of poverty. The Beach Food Pantry has been serving the residents of Dare County for 25 years.