September/October 2023

 Church News


 Hunger Walk 2023


Word is out, and teams are being formed! Will your church be the one to take home the trophy this year for largest team, or even top team fundraiser? Awards are presented for the largest team, the top team fund-raiser, and the top individual fund-raiser; so invite your church members, form a team,  and join in the fun, while making a great impact on Catawba County hunger.


To get involved, your members can register, donate, become a sponsor, join a team or create a team. (Note: A $25 donation is required per person to receive an event t-shirt.) 


It's time to get set to take steps to fight hunger here in Catawba County! For more hunger walk information, click the image above. For your church information packet, please click here. 


Come Share the Harvest


Do you have your Share the Harvest tickets yet?  Please spread the word to your congregation that tickets are available for purchase on our website. Click on the image above to download and share the invitation. You won't want to miss this night of fun, food, fellowship, and dancing to Euphoria! Your church's participation helps ECCCM serve Catawba County residents  in need. 


ECCCM's First Director of Volunteer Engagement, Allen Sherrill

Allen Sherrill (pictured above with a dear volunteer) is now the volunteer engagement director for ECCCM.  With this new position, we plan to place a greater focus on the volunteer experience.  We want to make sure that all our volunteers feel welcome, appreciated, and fulfilled through their service here.  While this position is new for Allen, he is far from new to ECCCM.


Allen really began his work at ECCCM as a volunteer in high school.  Allen would come twice a week and volunteer a couple hours in the morning.  He worked with Charlie Bunn in the old food pantry in the old building.  There, he learned how to use a pallet jack, properly sort groceries, build carts, and many other skills that would be invaluable later down the road.  While serving at ECCCM and the Corner Table, Allen developed a love for service and nonprofits.  After high school, Allen went to college at North Carolina State University and received an associate degree in nonprofit studies to go along with his Bachelor of Arts in history.


In February 2017, after Allen had completed his Master of Arts in history at Appalachian State, a position became available at ECCCM to work in the food pantry as the food pantry assistant.  Allen jumped at the opportunity and began his formal employment with ECCCM.  He served as the food pantry assistant for a year and a half until he took over as the director of food pantry operations in August 2018.  During his tenure, Allen has developed a great appreciation for and knowledge of how to work with volunteers. He now hopes to take this experience and translate it into an even greater effect for the ministry and all those who serve.   


Volunteers have always been in the lifeblood of ECCCM.  We absolutely could not serve the growing numbers we continue to see without the contributions of many wonderful people throughout our community; folks who have become like family members to us.  If you would like to learn more about volunteering, would like to schedule yourself or a group to serve, or would be interested in having Allen come speak to your church, school, club, or company, you need only to contact him.  His number is (828) 446-5418 and his email address is  Allen will be happy to speak to you anytime about volunteering or other matters concerning ECCCM. 


Food Pantry News & Needs

Our September food item of the month is peanut butter or jelly! Coming up in October we will be collecting hygiene items in honor of National Hygiene Month. In addition to these suggestions, we can always use more recycled grocery bags, gallon zipper style bags, and afternoon volunteers. Contact Allen Sherrill at 828-465-1702, ext. 116 or by email at to schedule a time for your church groups or individual members to come in and serve with us in the pantry. 


Thrift Store News & Needs

Current and upcoming sales are posted on our Facebook page, Thrifty Threads and Treasures. All books are .25, and  Senior Day is Fridays (15% off for age 60+.) Thanks for your support!


We are seeking a few more afternoon volunteers. For anyone interested,  please have them contact Cailee at 828-465-1702, ext. 123, or send her an email at


We are running low on medium and large recycled shopping bags, gallon- size zipper style bags, and hangers for pants. These items can be dropped by during business hours. Thanks for supporting this important outreach of our ministry.



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