While Hospitality House missed out—again—in funding from Watauga County with a failed vote of the county commission Tuesday, they have been named to be among 30 food assistance organizations across Northwest North Carolina each selected to receive up to $500 in matching funds through a challenge grant opportunity provided by Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC.  Allison Jennings, Hospitality House Food and Nutrition Coordinator said,  “The need in our community is great and continues to grow,” and she said, “We are asking everyone with the means to give to make a gift, however great or small, to help us reach our goal of raising $500 by June 6th. A gift of $5 will become $10 through Second Harvest Food Bank’s Matching Grant program, and help us to provide critical nutritional support for our neighbors in need.”
Nikki McCormick, Director of Agency Relations, said “Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC is proud to partner with more than 400 charitable food assistance programs across 18 counties to provide food and other resources to address the significant problem of hunger in our region, and said, “Hospitality House’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 vitally important work.”
Additionally, Hospitality House was selected to receive a commercial refrigerator unit and three high capacity coolers 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 Watauga County. The award was made possible through a competitive grant process offered by Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, 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.