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The Ashe County Sharing Center is pleased to announce it has been selected to receive a commercial refrigerator to support its on-going efforts to provide urgently-needed, supplemental food assistance to the growing number of food insecure children, families and seniors in Ashe County.

The award was made possible through a competitive grant process offered by Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina, a member of the nationwide Feeding America network, which serves as a major source of food and other resources for more than 400 charitable food assistance programs across 18 counties, from Boone to Burlington.

“We are thrilled to receive this added support from Second Harvest Food Bank,” said Michael Sexton, program facilitator for the Sharing Center. “ With it, we will be able to provide even more highly nutritious meats, eggs and fresh produce to families in our community who are struggling to put food on the table, whether because of a health crisis, unemployment, underemployment or other challenging circumstances.”

“With more and more people in our region turning to “emergency” food organizations on a regular basis to help make ends meet, there’s a growing determination among Feeding America Food Banks, including Second Harvest Food Bank, to increase awareness about food insecurity as a public health issue and do more than provide calories,” said Nikki McCormick, director of agency relations for Second Harvest Food Bank.

“In partnership with our strong supporters in the retail grocery industry and others, our organization is committed to making a variety of healthy foods available to our partner programs and those in need we serve together. The Ashe County Sharing Center’s application stood out among a large group of worthy recipients. We are thrilled to be able to provide further assistance in support of their vital work,” said McCormick.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina’s Partner Agency Capacity Grants program, now in its second year, is dedicated to strengthening the ability of its partner programs to address food insecurity in local communities across Northwest North Carolina.

The 2014 Grant program was made possible through a generous gift from the estate of Sandra Lou (Sandy) Kirkham Gallant, a former Second Harvest Food Bank board member and ardent supporter of the organization, as well as many other area non-profits.

For more information on Second Harvest Food Bank visit www.hungernwnc.org.

For more information on Feeding America visit www.feedingamerica.org.

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