Giving Back to Our Community

— Written By Deborah Foster and last updated by Donna Keene

The Currituck Master Gardener Volunteers recently made a $500 donation to the Pilmoor Memorial United Methodist Church Food Pantry and a $500 donation to the Lower Currituck Food Pantry. In 2013 the Pilmoor Food Pantry was able to provide food assistance to 1,932 families, a total of 94,830 meals. Also in 2013, the food pantry added a once per month cooking class where clients can come to the kitchen at Pilmoor and cook a cost effective nutritious meal. These classes are lead by N.C. Cooperative Extension of Currituck County with an average attendance of 15 to 20 people in each class. The Family and Consumer Science Program Assistant supplies the recipes and the food pantry provides the ingredients. Clients, along with some of the volunteers prepare and cook their lunch and then eat together in the fellowship hall. After lunch the clients leave with a bag of ingredients and the recipes to cook the same meal for their families at home. The Master Gardeners have also made a $200 donation to the 4H Back Packs for Kids program. This program delivers food-filled backpacks to children at risk of food insecurity every Friday during the school year. Programs such as this have been shown to increase attendance, decrease behavior problems, improve concentration abilities and improve academic achievement. The Master Gardener Volunteers raise money by growing and selling plants each year at the Currituck Home, Flower and Garden Show in April and the Fall Plant Sale in September. The money raised is used for educational programs as well as donations to benefit the community.

 MG Donation Food Pantry 2014

Photo: Left – Phyllis Williams (Treasurer for the Currituck Master Gardeners), Middle – Sam Casey (Pilmoor Food Pantry Director), Right – Deborah Kelso (N.C. Cooperative Extension Agriculture Technician)