Empowerment ProgramsDesigned to relieve financial burdens, teach biblical wisdom of work, money, wellness, and encouraged individuals towards a self-sufficient life in Christ.
What is the Community Food Co-op?
Community Food Co-op
The Community Food Co-op is a specialized food distribution program that provides healthy, accessible, and affordable fresh and non-perishable foods to families at a fraction of the cost. This innovative approach addresses root issues of food insecurity including generational poverty, government regulations, low wages, financial burdens, and lack of appropriate education. Participants buy in with a monthly fee and volunteer hours, learn how to redistribute margin of money saved, and set realistic financial goals towards self-sufficiency.
Participants have an opportunity to:
- Be mentored by HOGM staff and community partners to establish achievable financial goals.
- Receive healthy non-perishable foods and produce each month.
- Contribute sweat equity by volunteering in the food pantry each month.
- Redistribute saved money towards late bills, debt, and other financial hardships.
Program Details for Interested Participant
Day and Time:
- Bi-weekly shopping times are established for each family based on open hours and personal availability. Required quarterly classes will be available at different times and must be attended by at least one family member.
Co-op benefits include:
- Healthy foods
- 90 day clothing vouchers
- Financial freedom
Participant Qualifications and Commitment
Do You Qualify?
- Are you a resident of Pitt County?
- Are you at least 18 years old (or have parent covering)?
- Are you unemployed, underemployed, on a fixed income, or disabled?
- Are able to pay the monthly fee (currently $50/month) to participate? Fee is subject to change each year.
Are You Committed?
- Do you agree to participate at all levels of the program including volunteer hours?
- Will you participate in quarterly trainings on or off Hope of Glory site? Training to be provided: Money management, healthy eating and exercise.
- Will you commit your saved money towards established financial goals?
Our Commitment to you:
- Access to non-perishable foods and produce upon availability.
- Estimated $150-$200 saved income each month on grocery bill.
- Specialized budget training through mentorships and partner organizations.
- Community accountability to help you achieve desired financial goals.
- Nutrition and exercise education and free class access throughout the year.
Interested in Mentoring or Donating to the Community Food Co-op?
The success of our program comes through mentoring relationships between participants and our local community, financial gifts, and donations of food items. Do you have a passion for empowering people, financial management, or simply want to give of your resources? We would love to give you an opportunity to invest in individuals towards self-sufficient living!
Facilitate a Summer STOCK UP Food Drive - June 4th-July 31st
What’s Needed: 10,000 items! Non-perishable food items listed
When: All Summer! June 4th-July 31st
Who Benefits? your community! families in our community seeking wellness and financial stability through our co-op program.
How To Engage?
- Coordinate a food drive in your neighborhood, or through a small group. Collect and drop off.
- Host a food drive at your business, office, or church. Collect and drop off.
- Pick up extra items on your weekly shopping trips. Collect and drop off.
- Pasta Noodles
- Breakfast Cereal
- Pasta Sauce
- Alfredo Sauce
- Mac & Cheese
- Peanut Butter
- Vanilla Wafers
- Goldfish Crackers
- Canned Fruit
- Canned Tuna
- Canned Soups
- Dried Beans
- Condensed Milk
- Ground Pepper
- Hot Sauce
- Toilet Paper
- Paper Towels
DO NOT Donate:
- Expired/Damaged Items
- Ramen Noodles
- Beanie Weenies
Drop Off: Hope Of Glory Ministries 103 E. Arlington Blvd., (Intersection of Arlington Blvd. and Evans St.)
To inquire about participation in Community Food Co-op, contact Tony Potter at (252) 215-9042 or firstname.lastname@example.org.