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The Sharing House Unveils New Food Pantry - Brevard NC


November 15, 2018

Pictured left to right are Clark Lovelace, Ginny Bradford, Shelly Webb, Pam Schou, Phil Carland and Elaine Owen. (Times photo by Park Baker)

The Brevard/Transylvania Chamber of Commerce joined the ribbon-cutting ceremony to open the "Neighbor's Market" Food Pantry of Sharing House.

At the annual general assembly meeting, Sharing House officially dedicated the newly renovated space that now resembles a grocery store layout, where neighbors in need of food can come and choose items from a shelf.

The new model of food distribution increases healthy food choices and honors self-worth and dignity, according to a press release.

The market also reduces food waste as people do not take items that they do not need.

On hand to witness the ribbon-cutting were representatives from the major funding donors who made the dream a reality.

MANNA Food Bank, Food Lion Grocers, The Presbytery of WNC and Pisgah Forest Rotary Club, all contributed significantly to create the welcoming and efficient space, the release said.

The ribbon cutting included educational tours of the program areas offered at Sharing House. The day concluded with the General Assembly voting to approve the 2019 annual budget, with expenses of $1,834,500.

Additionally, the assembly approved new members to the Board of Directors: Rick Heiser, Marion Latham, Thomas Murphy, Robin Vaughan and Jason Lefler. Serving as 2019 executive directors will be President Debbie Loeb; Vice President Al McCoubrey; Secretary Ginny Bradford and Treasurer Al Vissers.

Transylvania Christian Ministry, Inc. is a collaborative non-profit of 57 supporting congre-gations of faith, as well as caring businesses and individuals. Founded in 1981, Sharing House has been serving Transylvania County residents who face critical hard times by providing food, clothing, hot showers, household goods, empowerment programs and limited financial assistance.

The agency currently serves 20 percent of the population solely by the generosity of the community.


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