New Food Pantry Opening in Hillsville on Friday, January 24, 2020
Last fall Hillsville Presbyterian Church Pastor Kevin Campbell cleverly started “Tuesday Table Talks”, a Christian education opportunity disguised as a book club. Kevin challenged interested members to read a book every month and come together to share and discuss the author’s message. We have read books on the opioid epidemic, the disruption of America’s middle class, food insecurity and other socio-economic issues.
After reading $2.00 A DAY – Living on Almost Nothing in America by Kathryn J. Edin and H. Luke Shafer members of our Church became increasingly concerned about food insecurity in Carroll County. Carroll County has approximately 3,000 people or 1,200 households who are food insecure.
Food insecurity as defined by FEEDING AMERICA refers to USDA’s measure of lack of access, at times, to enough food for an active, healthy life for all household members and limited or uncertain unavailability of nutritionally adequate foods. Food-insecure households are not necessarily food insecure all the time. Food insecurity may reflect a household’s need to make trade-offs between important basic needs, such as housing or medical bills, and purchasing nutritionally adequate foods.
Currently only the First United Methodist Church on behalf of The Carroll County Ministerial Association serves Carroll County with a food pantry. Beginning Friday, January 24, 2020 The Hillsville Presbyterian Church Food Pantry will open. Our Food Pantry will be open the 2nd Friday of each month from 9am – Noon and the 4th Friday of each month from 3 – 6pm. The pantry will be stocked with peanut butter, canned meats, pasta and vegetables, fruit cups and juice, mac & cheese, rice and pintos and hot cereals. Any Carroll County 1-2 person household member can choose any 10 items from the pantry, a 3-4 person household, 20 items and 5+ member household 30 items. At each visit Food Pantry customers will be asked for their name, household address and phone number. Members of Hillsville Presbyterian are hopeful this new Food Pantry ministry along with our middle schools BackPack Buddies ministry will help fulfill the needs of Carroll County food insecure households. The Food Pantry is located in the basement (adjacent to our large parking lot) of our church building at 172 S. Main St., Hillsville, VA.