• Organization says it's seeing increase in need for food

    By: Andrew Doud


    KANNAPOLIS, N.C. - Cooperative Christian Ministry said it's seeing an increase in the need for food that's decreasing supplies.

    For six years, Memorial United Methodist Church has been a stop for Cooperative Christian Ministry's mobile food pantry.

    "It's awesome to watch the community come together, but it also reminds us how many people around here have need,” Pastor Jim Brookshire said.

    And Cooperative Christian Ministry said that need is increasing.

    "We've been doing this since 2004 and each year, we've seen a growing need for mobile pantries," said Joanie Reeder.

    Thursday, dozens of people stood in line at the church, many simply relieved they would leave with a complete meal. Jerry Weeks was one of them.

    "This is helping me out quite a bit,” he said. “There's not a lot of food in my house at all."

    In January, Cooperative Christian Ministry helped a record 2,566 people. It’s on pace to beat that figure this month.

    It’s also coming up on one of its busiest times of the year. During the summer, many parents who depend on free and reduced lunches to help feed their children have to find the money for more food while they're out of school.

    And supplies at the warehouse are dwindling with CCM having to buy some supplies at wholesale prices just to keep up with demand.

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