• 59°

Rowan Helping Ministries takes over USDA food distribution

SALISBURY — The long lines that typically accompany the United States Department of Agriculture’s food distribution in Rowan County are no more.
That’s because the program, which serves about 1,300 households each quarter, is now being run through Rowan Helping Ministries.
“The really big thing is that folks do not have to show up here Monday morning and wait in line because the process is now designed to be able to give out food every day,” said Kyna Foster, executive director of Rowan Helping Ministries. “They can come when it’s convenient for them.
“I think that’s the most positive change. It will provide a better way to make this food available to people who need it.”
For more than a decade, the Rowan County Department of Social Services partnered with the Altrusa Club to facilitate the program.
But the social services department opted out of offering the voluntary program this year due to limited staffing and the need to focus on mandated programs.
Foster said Rowan Helping Ministries already had the resources to take on the food distribution and many of the volunteers from the quarterly distributions have moved with the program.
“We were kind of a logical choice to be able to do it,” she said. “We didn’t have to invent the wheel to be able to serve people.”
Foster said the switch from a mass distribution is in line with many of the state’s other areas. She said only 13 counties still distribute USDA commodities through quarterly mass distribution event.
Read more in Friday’s Post.
Click here to download the form.

Comments

Comments closed.

Local

Dennis Rivers joins Salisbury Police Department in new homeless advocate position

Cleveland

Rockwell, Faith, Cleveland adopt 2021-22 budgets; East Spencer officials to receive budget next week

Sports

Brind’Amour gets contract extension with Hurricanes, wins coach of year honors

Local

West Rowan grad wins two national masonry competitions

Local

Quotes of the week

Education

Rowan, Kannapolis students below state average for federal aid applications

High School

High school baseball playoffs: Raiders roll past Oak Grove

News

3 dead, 2 still missing after tubers go over Dan River dam

Coronavirus

County, state officials work to increase vaccinations as concern over Delta variant grows

News

Cooper no fan of energy bill

BREAKING NEWS

Hexagon Agility to expand Salisbury facility, invest $28 million, create 75 new jobs

Crime

Blotter: Two men rob convenience store at gunpoint

Business

Brewery, second-floor restaurant planned for downtown China Grove

Local

Sonny Allen, former mayor of Salisbury, dies at age 90

Education

RCCC names Student Excellence Award finalists

Local

City approves permit for child care center near downtown

Business

Deadline approaches to apply for Chamber of Commerce’s Leadership Rowan program

Landis

Landis removed from Local Government Commission’s watch list

Local

YSUP Rowan launches month-long drug use prevention campaign

Education

Shoutouts

Education

RSS reports man impersonating summer meals worker

Local

County ponders plumbing replacement to completely eliminate lead in Dukeville

High School

High school baseball: Round 2 for South, East

College

College baseball: Former East slugger Chandler Blackwelder commits to North Greenville