Student Hunger Prevention Program

Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry offers additional food assistance through its Hunger Programs to families in Catawba County. Available to school students and their families, this program will provide additional foods to your household through the week for 12 months, and includes meats, produce, breads, dairy items, and snacks.

A one-month supply of food can be picked up once each month at your convenience, with additional fresh foods available to you twice during each month, all at the ECCCM Food Pantry. If you and your family need additional foods through the week, and are not currently receiving assistance through ECCCM’s hunger programs, you are encouraged to request further assistance. Commodities available to Student Hunger Prevention Program families include:

  • Fresh bread

  • Fresh fruits, veggies, and other produce when in season

  • Pasta – Meats: chicken & beef, hot dogs, hamburger

  • Dairy: cheese, eggs, yogurt – Canned: vegetables, soup, meats, and fruit

  • Snacks: snack crackers, chips, candy, granola bars and other nutritious snacks as available

  • Drinks: Flavored “Pouch” drinks, nutrition drinks, sodas (with parental approval), as available

Applications are open to all students in Catawba County including: Catawba County Schools, Newton-Conover City Schools, Hickory Public Schools, Parents As Teachers program, the Early Headstart Program, Catawba Valley Community College, and will be approved by Eastern Catawba Cooperative Christian Ministry, Inc. (ECCCM).

Parents, or college-age students, simply fill out the application for a telephone interview. Parents, college-age students, or their representative, will be able to pick up their household foods directly from ECCCM at the parent’s, college-age student’s (or designated person’s) convenience. ECCCM Food Pantry pickup hours are Monday – Thursday, 8:00 am through 4:30 pm 245 East N Street Newton, NC 28658 (Behind the County Agricultural Center)

If you and your family need additional foods through the week, and are not currently receiving assistance through ECCCM’s hunger programs, you are encouraged to request further assistance. Simply call ECCCM for more information at 465-1702, or easier yet, complete this online application.