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Feinstein Challenge under way

Article Published: Mar. 20 | Modified: Mar. 20

Since forming in the early 1990s, the Feinstein Foundation has worked to alleviate the effects of hunger and extreme poverty in America.

A major component of this initiative includes the annual Feinstein Challenge, founded by Alan Feinstein, which divides $1 million to deserving charities, stop gap agencies and crisis agencies and their food pantries.

Since its formation, the Hospitality House of Boone, a nonprofit crisis agency helping to address poverty, hunger and homelessness in the High Country, has participated in the challenge to generate funds for its food pantry.

For every dollar and item of food the Hospitality House receives from March 1 to April 30, the Feinstein Foundation will provide a partial match.

“This is not a dollar-for-dollar match by any means; it’s a nickel, but it is a really great way to get the community involved in giving and being a part of something bigger than themselves,” said Todd Carter, Hospitality House’s director of development. “That’s one of the biggest benefits of this national initiative and taking part in this.”

This year, as was the case for past events, the drive was kicked off with the High Country Wedding Expo, which is sponsored by the Association of Consultants and Events Services.

“We raised 850 pounds of food at the wedding expo in addition to $550,” Carter said.
Altogether, Hospitality House raised $86,000 ($1,000 in matching funds) through the challenge last year alone.

Appalachian State University is also sponsoring Social Justice Week, which started Tuesday and runs until March 28, including a food drive to assist the Hospitality House in its efforts for the drive.
People can drop off food in person at the Hospitality House, located at 338 Brook Hollow Road in Boone, or donate online at by clicking the Feinstein Challenge link.

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