A food distribution project is being initiated in Western Watauga County. This project has been brewing amongst area agencies and churches for quite sometime now and is finally gaining momentum! Each week, a different restaurant or organization in the High Country provides a potluck dinner at the Cove Creek Community Center. Hospitality House, F.A.R.M. Cafe, Over Yonder, Green Street Catering, and Quiet Givers have all graciously partnered with WWFO to bring this event to our friends and neighbors in Watauga County. Community potlucks are held every Thursday from 4:00-6:00 PM.
Over 61% of the children at Bethel Elementary are enrolled in Free and Reduced Lunch. Many more would quality but will not apply. A trip for someone who lives in Bethel could easily take two hours of drive time and the cost of gas to get to and from the Hunger and Health Coalition. This has proven to be a significant barrier for many, many people in the western side of the community to get food. Western Watauga county is considered to be a food desert. There are so many people who go hungry do to a lack of easy access to food.
We have secured funding to launch a food distribution site at the Western Watauga Community Center. This project has base funding for the next 8 years, thanks to some very large donations! We are trying to match these base funds through monetary donations, fundraisers and community food drives. We may also apply for some smaller grants to ensure the security of the project.