Mobile Meals Ministry receives $20,000 grant

Published 12:00 am Thursday, January 16, 2014

KANNAPOLIS — Unity United Methodist Church of Kannapolis has received a $20,000 grant from The Duke Endowment to fund an expansion of its Mobile Meals Ministry.
Mobile Meals is a nonprofit organization serving Mooresville and Kannapolis area. This ministry provides a free hot lunch to the elderly, the physically challenged and convalescing persons who are unable to prepare healthy meals for themselves.
The Duke Endowment grant will be used to increase the food storage area, making it possible to serve more people.
Mobile Meals Ministry serves a rural community between Kannapolis, Mooresville and some of Landis. The ministry leaders have discussed fashioning a new route that could create a circle and include Unity Church Road, N.C. 152, N.C. 153, Cannon Farm Road and back to the church.
It would give this rural section of Rowan County better coverage.
“These funds allow people a meal who otherwise would have none,” Pastor Tim Whittington said.
“It allows nutrition to those who otherwise would go without. This ministry is people feeding people, people caring about people.”
“The Duke Endowment helps rural churches in North Carolina fight hunger by supporting mobile meals, food pantries, sustainable gardening programs and other relief efforts,” said Robb Webb, director of the Endowment’s Rural Church program area.
“We believe this is a critical way for congregations to assist neighbors in need and strengthen communities across the state.”
The Duke Endowment, located in Charlotte, seeks to fulfill the legacy of James B. Duke by improving lives and communities in the Carolinas through higher education, health care, rural churches and children’s services. Since its inception, the Endowment has awarded more than $3 billion in grants.
For more information on the Mobile Meals Ministry application or how you can support this community effort, call the church office Monday-Thursday mornings at 704-932-7605, or visit our website at www.unity-umc.org.

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