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Working to end food insecurity in Bertie County, NC

About Us

How We're Helping

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With the help of our tireless  volunteers, we serve approximately 500 families per month.  Our mission  to relieve hunger, increase self-reliance, and improve the quality of life for individuals, families and children in Bertie County, North Carolina results in making sure each family receive fresh produce, fruits, juice and can goods during each visit to GSFP.   


  

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 Board Members

  • President – Francis Bazemore
  • Vice President – Joseph Huff
  • Secretary – Brenda Bond
  • Pastor Shelton R. Barnes 
  • Heidi Bonislawski 
  • Gwen Chaney  
  • Dr. Nayland Collier  
  • Elnora Thompson  

      

Staff

  • Deborah Freeman, Program Director 

 

Committed and dedicated volunteers 

  • Treasurer – Virgil Siefker

Thank You

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Whether you help through monetary donations, volunteering your time, or spreading our mission through word-of-mouth, thank you. We couldn't accomplish our goals without the help of supporters like you. 

Hunger in northeast north carolina

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Celebrating 10 years of serving Bertie County!

    

      The Good Shepherd Food Pantry of Bertie County, NC, Inc. (GSFP) developed as an interfaith, interracial organization that brought a variety of citizens together in the spring of 2008. Initially, the organizing committee contained members from the Baptist, Catholic, Episcopal, and Methodist faith communities, but grew to include other interested churches and supporters.  A Board of Directors was formed, incorporation achieved and GSFP became a tax-exempt organization in 2009.


     Outreach efforts began with a mobile food distribution program, August 28, 2008. Families were served once a month with food purchased from the Food Bank of the Albemarle in Elizabeth City, NC. Generous donations from individuals, churches, and grants provided GSFP funds for purchased food. Local organizations, businesses and schools held food drives and collected canned goods that GSFP added to the food that was distributed. Nine mobile food distributions were sponsored between August 2008 and April 2009.


     Through the generosity of the Bertie County Commissioners, in May 2009 GSFP opened a permanent site at 1008 N. King Street, Windsor,  NC. The County rents the building to GSFP for $25 a year. Freezers were purchased, and the Windsor Food Lion began donations of perishable foods, meats, produce and bakery items twice a week. GSFP opened monthly on the second and third Saturday, distributing food once a month to Bertie County families in need.


     In the fall of 2009 an increase in applicants made it necessary to explore new ways to raise money to support the food pantry. A former Windsor resident and the president of the Outer Banks Relief Foundation (OBRF) initiated the possibility of a 5K Charity Race and Fall Jamboree to help raise funds. Through the generous guidance of OBRF the 1st Annual Bertie Spooktacular 5K, 1-Mile Family Fun Run/Walk and Fall Jamboree was held October 30, 2010. The successful charity race and jamboree is the only fundraising event for GSFP. All profits from the Bertie Spooktacular are used to buy food for needy families in Bertie County.


     The mission of The Good Shepherd Food Pantry is to relieve hunger, increase self-reliance, and improve the quality of life for individuals, families and children in Bertie County, North   Carolina.  Families come from 9 towns in the county for food, currently serving an average of 500 families per month. Food Lion now donates perishable groceries four times a week. Food purchased from the Food Bank of the Albemarle and Windsor Food Lion are supported from grants, generous donations from churches, businesses and individuals in the community.  GSFP is a volunteer effort with individuals from the community contributing an average 184 volunteer hours per month, with one paid employee. GSFP works with Social Services, the Senior Center and schools that identify families in crisis.

   

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The State of Hunger in Northeast North Carolina

  • Hunger is an issue that affects millions of Americans every day.  At times, it can seem like a distant problem, happening only in faraway countries or in urban areas with large homeless populations. 


  • But that is not the reality.  The reality is that 41 million people are food insecure in our country, including 16.5 percent of people living in North Carolina. It is higher right here in northeast North Carolina where 15.4 percent of the population lives with Food Insecurity.  That means 55,130 people in northeast North Carolina towns and neighborhoods do not have regular access to enough food for a healthy, active life.  For children, the number is even higher:  22 percent of children face hunger right here in Bertie, Beaufort, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell, Washington  —that is one in three children.     


  • Each of those 55,130 is worried about having enough to eat.  It might be the clerk who bags your groceries or the father down the street whose company cut his pay. Perhaps it is your elderly neighbor whose fixed income doesn’t come anywhere close to covering the cost of her medications or the child in your daughter’s class who has trouble paying attention to the lessons. Our clients are children, families, veterans, students, senior citizens, single parents, the unemployed and underemployed—hunger can affect anyone.


  • At the Good Shepherd Food Pantry, it is  believed the prevalence of hunger in the community is unacceptable. We are  fighting food insecurity in Bertie County, North Carolina, but we cannot do it alone.  It is only through sophisticated and innovative partnerships that we can solve these problems and continue to serve the hungry families that rely on our services.  When all children have enough nutritious food to grow and learn and when everyone has access to the food they need to stay healthy, will we ensure a stronger future for North Carolina. By working together will we make that possible.


  • The  Good Shepherd Food Pantry is proud to partner with the Food Bank of the Albermarle which is  a member of the nationwide Feeding America network of 200 food banks leading the fight against hunger in the United States. Likewise, they  are members of a statewide association of Feeding America Food Banks collaborating on initiatives that address hunger in all 100 counties in North Carolina.


  • Our partnership with the Food Bank of Albermarle affords us the  best data and research reports regarding domestic hunger. One such report is Hunger in America and the other is Map the Meal Gap report.


  • This study of hunger has been conducted on a quadrennial cycle since 1993. The previous publication was Hunger in America 2010. The most recent iteration of the study, Hunger in America 2014, was released in August 2014 and revealed that annually, 46.5 million people are reached by the Feeding America network. HIA 2014 is based on more than 60,000 client and 32,000 agency surveys, capturing detailed information about who is in need of charitable food assistance and their circumstances, which, in turn, helps charitable feeding organizations develop programs that best support people in need. The results also better inform the public policy discourse so that federal nutrition programs can better serve those in need.

  1. Map the Meal Gap Report provides a detailed assessment of food insecurity gap and the estimated food cost necessary to close the meal gap.   Bertie county population is 20,324. Food insecure people in Bertie County - 4,620.  The rate is 22.7%.

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Good Shepherd Food Pantry of Bertie County, NC

1008 North King Street, Windsor, North Carolina 27983, United States

(252) 484-3889

Hours of Distribution

Every 2nd and 3rd Saturday

11:30 - 3:30 pm

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