Currituck Master Gardeners Give Holiday Support

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The Currituck County Master Gardeners recently spread some holiday cheer to those in need by donating $500 to each of the local food pantries in Currituck County. The money is to help provide food for families during the holidays. Agriculture Extension Technician Sarah Watts said “There are many families that go without during the holiday season and the Currituck County Extension Master Gardeners wanted to help do what they could to make that number a few less this season. We have had a very fortunate year as a group and this is one way for us to give back to our community.” The Currituck County Food Banks provide a much needed service to many in our community and need support all year round not just during the holidays. Pilmoor UMC Food Pantry located in Currituck, NC reports that it takes around $700 a week to maintain the supplies needed to serve their families. This year they have served over 1,600 families amounting to over 5,100 individuals. The Lower Currituck Food Pantry located in Grandy, NC reports similar needs and requests for support. Without community support from groups like the Master Gardeners, local churches, Albemarle Area United Way, Farm Bureau, and many other community organizations, the Currituck County Food Banks would not be able to have the impact in the community that they do. It ultimately comes down to the “Community feeding the Community”. If you are interested in donating to the Currituck County Food Pantries this holiday season or during the year, please contact them directly.

If you would like further information on the N.C. Cooperative Extension Service and the Currituck County Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners, please contact Sarah Watts at (252) 232-2262 or sewatts@ncsu.edu.

(From left to right) Fred Bock, Ann McNamee, Lower Currituck Food Bank Coordinator Polly Gregory, 2017 Master Gardener President Kerie O’Toole, Ken Ferguson, and Mary Bock.

(From left to right) Fred Bock, Ann McNamee, Lower Currituck Food Bank Coordinator Polly Gregory, 2017 Master Gardener President Kerie O’Toole, Ken Ferguson, and Mary Bock.

(Back row from left to right) Ken Ferguson, Ann McNamee, Master Gardener President Peggy Lilienthal, Mary Bock, Jim Hoover, and Fred Bock; (Front row from left to right) Master Gardener Treasurer Penny Leary-Smith, Pilmore Food Bank Coordinator Sam Casey, and Agriculture Extension Technician Sarah Watts.

(Back row from left to right) Ken Ferguson, Ann McNamee, Master Gardener President Peggy Lilienthal, Mary Bock, Jim Hoover, and Fred Bock; (Front row from left to right) Master Gardener Treasurer Penny Leary-Smith, Pilmore Food Bank Coordinator Sam Casey, and Agriculture Extension Technician Sarah Watts.