Houses of faith bring hunger relief to struggling families

Vertical Life Church, Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry and Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina are partnering to bring additional hunger relief to Newton area families who have been impacted by COVID-19.

“With the impact of COVID-19, our church would like to help those affected by job loss and illness in family,” said Valerie Johnson of Vertical Life Church.

Meanwhile, ECCCM is serving thousands of families in need throughout the region.

“We are aware that many families who do not receive hunger assistance and have been impacted by COVID-19, needing assistance,” said Kristal Manning, assistant director of ECCCM.

To meet this need, ECCCM is using its relationship with Second Harvest Food Bank to provide a mobile food truck at Vertical Life Church.

Those who are not receiving hunger assistance at ECCCM and need hunger relief help are encouraged to come to the food distribution site.

The mobile food truck distribution will be held on Friday, June 26, at 10 a.m. at Vertical Life Church. The church is located at 111 West 8th St., Newton, North Carolina.

Applications will begin at 9 a.m. with distribution at 10 a.m., but quantities will be limited.

In the event of inclement weather, call Vertical Life Church at 828-469-5007.

ECCCM, a Catawba County United Way partner agency, provides assistance with mortgage/rent payments, utility bills, hunger relief, transportation and financial coaching.

Over the next month, Crisis Assistance Ministry expects an unprecedented emergency for our neighbors who have lost their jobs or had their work hours cut amid the crushing economic downturn and due to the financial repercussions and disasters the virus has caused.

Crisis Assistance Ministry provides assistance and advocacy for people in financial crisis, helping them move toward self-sufficiency.

The combination of difficulties people have paying rent, mortgages and utility payments, spikes in foreclosures and evictions, asserting tenants' rights, homelessness and a potential second wave of the coronavirus this winter will together be a brutal burden for tens of thousands of families to bear.

In response, WSOC-TV has launched 9 Crisis Help. The funds collected will go directly to Crisis Assistance Ministry to help people pay essential bills.


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