What If You Had to Wait Two Days to Eat?
Mast General Store, Merrell Footwear and the Hunger and Health Coalition are partnering to provide children in the High Country with weekend food, and the community can help.
For each pair of Merrell shoes purchased at Mast Store Oct. 1 through Oct. 16, Merrell will fill a pack with food to feed a child for a weekend.
The Hunger and Health Coalition plays a vital role in the community, helping relieve poverty and hunger in a compassionate manner for families and individuals who are experiencing economic hardship and food shortages. The coalition’s help is imperative, as Watauga, Ashe and Avery counties have seen a 43 percent increase in need for food assistance since 2010.
During an average month, nearly 2,500 people receive food from the Hunger Coalition’s Food Pantry. One in three people served is a child under the age of 18. Three of the coalition’s six programs are geared specifically to help alleviate childhood hunger in the area.
• Snacks for Scholars provides healthy snacks to children of families that need food assistance.
• Healthy Start provides healthy snack bags to preschool-age children attending Head Start.
• The Backpack Program also provides backpacks of food every Friday to high school children, so they won’t have to go hungry over the weekend.
This is the second year Mast General Store has partnered with Merrell to support Food For Kids. Last year, 840 children were helped and it is hope by Mast and Merrell to reach even more in 2011.
To find out more about how to help fight hunger in the High Country, visit http://www.hungerandhealthcoalition.com.