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Feinstein Challenge enters home stretch

Article Published: Apr. 16 | Modified: May. 1
Feinstein Challenge enters home stretch

ACES president Elizabeth Hempfling and Hospitality House Development Director Todd Carter pose for a photo with High Country Wedding Expo food donations.

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Only two weeks remain to take the Feinstein Challenge and join Hospitality House in its bid to end hunger in the High Country.

Hospitality House has once again partnered with the Feinstein Foundation, who will divide $1 million among hunger-fighting organizations across America, to fight hunger in the High Country.

At the conclusion of the challenge, Hospitality House will receive a partial match grant from the Feinstein Foundation based on the amount of funds and food raised between March 1 and April 30.

A record number of individuals, schools, businesses and churches have taken the Feinstein Challenge — raising almost $50,000 and donating more than 20,000 pounds of food so far. Community events like the High Country Wedding Expo ($1,872 plus 850 pounds of food), campus events like Greek Life (10,000 pounds of food), churches like Rumple Presbyterian (389 pounds of food) and First Baptist Church of West Jefferson ($1,000) and businesses like Peppers (90 pounds of food) have all contributed to the success of this year’s challenge.

“The entire community has really gotten into the challenge,” Hospitality House food service coordinator Allison Jennings said. “We’ve had groups coming by each week to donate, and with over 20,000 pounds of food already collected, we’ve nearly doubled what we did last year, but we really want to reach the 25,000 pound mark.”

With less than 14 days remaining, Hospitality House is reminding folks that food and funds, including pledges and love offerings, count toward the final tally.

“A great way to make a difference is to become part of The 365 Project and give $1 a day,” director of development Todd Carter said. “As a pledge, that contribution will count as $365 toward the Feinstein Challenge and will have extra money added to it by the Feinstein Foundation. Also, with two Sundays left before the end of the challenge, a love offering at church or Sunday school is an easy way to help get involved.”

There’s still time to help. Take the Feinstein Challenge by joining The 365 Project or donating online at Donors may also mail a check (noting Feinstein Challenge in memo line) to Hospitality House, P.O. Box 309 Boone, N.C. 28607, or bring cash, check or food (each item counts as $1) by the Hospitality House, located at 338 Brook Hollow Road in Boone.

For more information on the Feinstein Challenge or The 365 Project, contact Todd Carter at ( or (828) 264-1237, ext. 107.

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