The United Methodist Church of Asbury (UMC) received a $ 2,000 grant from the Come to the Table program of the International Fund for Rural Development. The program supports minority farmers in distributing food to the population. Funding is provided by the Duke’s Foundation.
With the grant, Asbury will purchase fresh produce from Kelton Moore of Blounts Creek and pass it on to Beaufort County school students and their families. This will be the third summer at the church, which provides the community with fresh food through “Come to the Table”. Food will be delivered in CSA-style boxes or to community-supported agriculture.
Pastor Asbury UMC Jim Reed said donations will be enough for at least ten weeks. The boxes will be collected and distributed at the Harbor County Market in downtown Washington. The boxes are expected to arrive this week. The boxes, Reed said, are divided into groups of 25 a week; thus, 50 families will receive a box every other week.
Asbury UMC is collaborating with Moore, Beaufort County Schools, the HEAL Program, the Eagles Wings Food Pantry and the Washington Harbor County Alliance.
Eagles Wings has allocated a small grant to Asbury UMC, Reed said. In addition, Asbury UMC has contributed an additional $ 1,000 to the ministry, and they are using funds from a joint grant. With a total grant, several organizations in the local area can use the total amount of money. These organizations decide for themselves how much money each will receive. Works as a cooperative.
“Since March 2020 and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, Come to the Table has donated more than $ 100,000 to 105 churches and nonprofits across North Carolina to purchase food from local vendors for distribution to members of the food insecure community,” to the Rural Development Fund.