The Duke Endowment has awarded $100,000 to two local organizations to help feed the hungry.
Crossfire United Methodist Church, located on N.C. 115 South, was awarded a $50,000 grant to support “Protein for the Poor,” a food ministry. The money was awarded under as a “replicating success—effective practices” grant for rural churches.
Also as a part of the endowment’s “replicating success” program, $25,000 was awarded to the North Wilkesboro District, Western North Carolina Conference of the United Methodist Church to support backpack programs and food pantries.
The district received a second $25,000 grant, under the rural church “strengthening organizations” grant, to distribute food across the district.
Under the 2011 grant cycle, the endowment approved $129.8 million in new grants, some of which will be paid in future years. Nearly $112.7 million was distributed through 286 grants, some of which were approved in previous years.
“The Duke Endowment’s grant making reflects its commitment to nurture children, promote health, educate minds and enrich spirits,” according to the report on the 2011 grants released today. Endowment officials work through select North Carolina and South Carolina organizations to:
• Expand opportunities for vulnerable children;
• Improve access to quality health care;
• Increase exceptional higher education opportunities at Davidson College, Duke University, Furman University and Johnson C. Smith University, and
• Support rural United Methodist churches, their leaders and the communities they serve.
The endowment was established by James Buchanan Duke in 1924 with $40 million. Since that time, the endowment has awarded more than $2.9 billion.
Crossfire also received $50,000 for the “Protein for the Poor” this past year to help develop the program at the church, which is based at the former Lovette Companies office and cold storage warehouse on N.C. 115 South.
The program was designed to provide locally grown and processed organic beef for the public and for those served by the local food pantries. A portion of all the beef is donated to Second Harvest Food Bank of Winston-Salem, which distributes the beef to pantries in the network.
The church also works with local farmers to help them grow and distribute vegetables for those in need.
The first of the two $25,000 grants for the Methodist district will be used to support backpack programs (providing weekend meals for children in need) operated by Gamewell United Methodist Church in Caldwell County, Grace Chapel at Whitnell in Caldwell County, Longtown United Methodist in Yadkinville, and Center United Methodist in Yadkin Country. The remainder of the money will be used to assist with the distribution of food for pantries in the district.
The second $25,000 grant will be used to help fund the distribution of food across the district, but primarily in Wilkes County.
The North Wilkesboro District includes Methodist churches in Wilkes, Iredell, Alleghany, Grayson County, Va., Caldwell, Watauga, Avery, Ashe, Alexander and part of Surry County.
Ashe Memorial Hospital in Jefferson received a $373,038 grant to establish a community network of care for the low-income uninsured in Ashe County.