ECCCM to assist HPS families with food resources

ECCCM to assist HPS families with food resources
Posted on 07/13/2020
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 ECCCM to assist HPS families

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Families with children enrolled in Hickory Public Schools now have a new resource to assist with monthly groceries, thanks to Eastern Catawba County Christian Ministry (ECCCM), an agency affiliated with Catawba County United Way.

The new partnership between ECCCM and Hickory Public Schools means that HPS families with food insecurities, are now provided with a bountiful resource to feed every member of the family.

Based in Newton and led by Executive Director, Rev. Robert Silber, the ECCCM food pantry program operates as “The Student Hunger Prevention Program.”  

The program typically provides 60 pounds of food per person; or a family of five, for example, would receive approximately 300 pounds of food for the month. This on-going food resource is designed to assist ALL family members in the household, not just the children who are enrolled in grades K-12 in one of the district’s nine schools.

The one-month supply of food can be picked-up at the convenience of the family—during open hours at the ECCCM facility in Newton, NC, located at 245 East N Street, Newton, NC  28658 (behind the County Agricultural Center).

During COVID-19, the ECCCM Food Pantry is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 am - 4:30 pm for families to pick-up the full month’s supply of food.  

However, the first step: before the first pick-up of food, all HPS families must fill out an online application which can be found at this link:

Applications are open to students in all three school districts within Catawba County including Hickory Public Schools, Catawba County Schools and Newton-Conover City Schools. In addition, all participants with the Parents as Teachers Program and the Early Head Start Program may apply for the monthly food resource.

Parents will be notified by ECCCM as their application is approved. At that point, the parent (or designated person who can drive to Newton) may pick up their household foods directly from ECCCM at the parent's (or designated person) convenience. The person picking-up the food supplies must have the approved “barcode” ID Card as provided by ECCCM. The ID Card will be ready for the families at the ECCCM Food Pantry following notification of the approved application.

Commodities available to Student Hunger Prevention Program families include:
--Fresh bread
--Fresh fruits, veggies, and other produce when in season
--Meats: chicken & beef, hot dogs, hamburger
--Dairy: cheese, eggs, yogurt
--Canned: vegetables, soup, meats, and fruit
--Snacks: snack crackers, chips, candy, granola bars and other  nutritious snacks as available
--Drinks: Flavored "Pouch" drinks, nutrition drinks, sodas (with parental approval), as available

In addition to the monthly (one time per month) pick-up of family groceries, the family may return twice each month to pick-up fresh foods such as vegetables, fruit, milk and more.

To review the steps:

  1. Fill out the application:
  2. Once approved, each family will receive a Barcode ID Card from ECCCM.
  3. Drive to Newton, taking the assigned Barcode ID Card, to pick-up the full month’s supply of food: 245 East N Street, Newton, NC 28658 (located behind the County Agricultural Center).
  4. Each family (designated person) may return twice each month (with Barcode ID Card) to pick-up fresh foods.
  5. For any questions, call 828-465-1702


Photo ID: ECCCM staff member, Robbie Fulbright, provides food to a waiting family through the “Student Hunger Prevention Program.”  This family will receive two additional pick-ups of fresh produce, perishables and bread this month. Now families with Hickory Public Schools can also apply for the on-going monthly supply of food, thanks to ECCCM!

(Post by Beverly Snowden, HPS director of communications)

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