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!
Become an Empowerment Sponsor
Cultivating the restoration of families, finances and futures.
To empower families to flourish, practice biblical stewardship, and achieve financial stability without the need for government or charity assistance.
In Pitt County, 21.4% of families are at or below the federal poverty line, which is $25,715 for a household of 4.
The average household income of participants is $23,560.
- $69,525: Dollar relief alleviated by Hope of Glory through food distribution, clothing vouchers, and seasonal events
- $57,761.00: Total dollar value redistributed by 36 families:
- $19,433.00 placed into savings
- $38,328.00 paid down on debts
We believe all humans are created in the image and likeness of God, made to flourish. In our broken world, sin, hardships, and lack of knowledge cause this to become challenging and seemingly hopeless. Yet, in Christ we find all hope, which empowers the restoration of families, finances, and futures. With one quarter of Pitt County residents living at or below the poverty line, we shifted our method of food distribution by offering food cost relief, education, and mentoring relationships. Our work fosters families towards financial stability, family unity, and an established future.
The Community Food Co-op serves as a platform to relieve food cost burdens, alleviating an estimated $150-200 each month.
Community mentors are matched with families to equip them in how to redistribute money saved towards debts, an emergency fund or savings account. Nutrition and finance classes are hosted each month to educate families with knowledge on overall health and management of their money.
To inquire about participation in Community Food Co-op, contact Mandi Steward at (252) 321-6857 x201 or email@example.com.