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Mobile Food Pantry Feeds Families in Need

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Story By: Rachel Rollar, NBC Charlotte

KANNAPOLIS, N.C. -- Dozens of families have food to put on the table after Cooperative Christian Ministry brought their mobile pantry to Kannapolis.

They partner with Second Harvest Food Bank and local churches to bring food to areas of need.  Volunteers say putting gas in the car to go buy food can be the biggest challenge.

Afi Osakwe knows first-hand.  He says as a veteran on a fixed income he appreciates any help.

"It makes me feel good because we all connected on the giving and receiving end, so it makes me feel good that everybody is working together as one, I really feel good about that," Osakwe said.

The group feeds thousands of families each year in Cabarrus County.

CCM’s mobile food pantry draws a crowd

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CONCORD, N.C. – A truckload of food got into the hands and homes of the hungry in Cabarrus County Thursday thanks to a mobile food pantry sponsored by Cooperative Christian Ministry and Mount Olivet United Methodist Church.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          

A host of volunteers unloaded the truck in the parking lot of Mount Olivet Thursday. CCM works with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina to get the food. The cost is $400, which was paid by Mount Olivet (or the sponsoring church for each similar distribution). The value of food far exceeds the sponsor fee.

CONCORD, N.C. – A truckload of food got into the hands and homes of the hungry in Cabarrus County Thursday thanks to a mobile food pantry sponsored by Cooperative Christian Ministry and Mount Olivet United Methodist Church.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                               

A host of volunteers unloaded the truck in the parking lot of Mount Olivet Thursday. CCM works with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina to get the food. The cost is $400, which was paid by Mount Olivet (or the sponsoring church for each similar distribution). The value of food far exceeds the sponsor fee.                                                                                

When the distribution began Thursday, more than 175 people were in line. Many were elderly or disabled. Volunteers helped them load their food into their vehicles. CCM officials said they would serve far more than 175.

“This really helps ends meet. We stretch it as far as we can but we’re always glad when it’s time for the next (distribution),” one woman said. She said she works but still needs assistance to feed her family.

The volunteers included youngsters, high school students, church groups, families, food recipients and others.

CCM is hosting eight mobile food pantries this year. The first was held in April at Memorial United Methodist Church in Kannapolis and second in May at St. James Catholic Church in Concord.

CCM Food Program Manager Barry Porter said the demand for mobile food pantry dates has greatly increased with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina this year.

“We are glad to have the opportunity again this year, in partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, to distribute food to those who need food assistance in Cabarrus County and Kannapolis with our Mobile Food Pantry program,” Porter said.

Because of the increased demand, there is a change in CCM’s usual schedule this year with two of CCM’s dates on Tuesday this year instead of the usual Thursday.

Nine local churches partner in the eight pantries – four in Kannapolis and four in Concord. Last year’s partner churches, individuals and businesses helped distribute more than 64 tons of food to almost 3,500 households.

“We are extremely grateful to our excellent business, organization and church volunteers who help distribute food at these sites,” said Porter. On average, each mobile food pantry distributes food to more than 300 households.

Officials said summertime always brings increased demand because children are out of school and need more food at home.

At the mobile pantries, individuals and families attending are asked for identification, the number of people in their household and the household gross income. Attendees should be prepared to carry home at least three bags of free groceries. In the event of rain, the mobile food pantries could be cancelled, so check the CCM website or Facebook for cancellation information. Participants are asked not to arrive at the pantry locations prior to 8 a.m.

Contact Mark Plemmons at 704-789-9140.



Touring Tucker Gardens


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     (Taken from By: Michael Knox Robert and Carolyn Tucker’s sprawling 13-acre garden creates a perfect “fantasy” world with flowers and plants forming images of "Puff the Magic Dragon" and a butterfly among other creations. Also, in the gardens there is a spot where bricks that were made to look 500 years old form the “Hermit House,” a handmade brick home. Swings allow visitors a chance to rest as they make their way through the gardens. The gardens, located at the Tucker home in Concord, were open to the public for a rare viewing on Saturday as a fundraiser for Cooperative Christian Ministry.

Stroll through a glorious garden, help CCM

CONCORD, N.C. — Carolyn and Robert Tucker's sprawling 13-acre garden creates a fantasy world with flowers and plants forming images of an alligator and a butterfly among other creations.

Twigs and sticks form a 5 foot-wide bird's nest and bricks made to look 500 years old form the "Hermit House," a handmade brick home. Swings allow visitors a chance to rest as they make their way through the gardens.

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“It is a peaceful place to spend a few hours,” said Carolyn Tucker. “Many who attend, do just that. They sit in the swing and relax and enjoy God’s creation.”

It may be God’s creation but it’s had a lot of hard work and help from the Tucker family over the years. Visitors will get a chance to see that work when the Tuckers open their gardens to the public for tours from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 18, at 621 Hermitage Drive SE, Concord. Tickets for the tour are $20 each and proceeds will support the Cooperative Christian Ministry.

Visitors will get to see the creations that the Tuckers have been working on since moving into their home in 1989. The house was built by D.C. Linn in 1970 and had a German Tudor style.

The gardens at the home are a blend of Carolyn Tucker’s spirituality and her love for fantasy, according to a press release. The stroll through her gardens begins off Hermitage Drive and the Aurora pathway, lined with moss, hostas, wildflowers, ferns and shrubs. Many of the ferns have been transplanted from property joining Morrow Mountain in Stanly County.

The latest piece added to the garden is the “Hermit House.”

“The imaginary hermit looks out his front door to see annuals planted into the shape of a large butterfly,” Carolyn Tucker said. “Just outside the hermit’s door is a huge stone that Bob discovered on his land in Stanly County. The stone has an indention in the shape of a cross There are many other things to tickle anyone’s fancy.”

The tour is being organized through Cooperative Christian Ministry (CCM) to help support their efforts.

Last year alone, CCM was able to:

  • Help 14 families with 33 children receive shelter at My Father’s House.
  • Help seven families with 15 children were provided temporary housing through Mother’s & Children Housing Ministry.
  • Helped provided housing for 18 families with 33 children with the Teaching Housing Program.
  • More than 18,000 households were served at the Crisis Center, Satellite Pantries and Mobile Food Pantries.
  • Served more than 16,000 meals with the Samaritan House Soup Kitchen and Samaritan’s Table Evening Meal programs.
  • Helped coordinate 46,286 volunteer hours in the community.

“Being able to partner with CCM through the years to ensure that the basic needs of a person are met has been very fulfilling,” Carolyn Tucker said. “Everyone needs food, shelter …, but in addition to that CCM strives to restore individuals back into living and not just existing.”

Anyone interested in tickets can contact Chris Shoemaker at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 704-918-1485 for more information. Tickets can also be purchased at Carm’s Café, 42 S. Union St., Concord and True Value Hardware, 775 Concord Parkway N., Concord.

(This article was written By: Michael Knox, Independent Tribune, and was published on July 13, 2015) 


Love, Shoemaker Join Staff at CCM

CONCORD – Cooperative Christian Ministry announced this week that Glenn Love has joined the nonprofit crisis ministry as Director of Development. CCM has operated without a Director of Development since 2013. In his new role, Glenn will help CCM to educate groups, businesses and individuals regarding the ministry’s response to identified crisis needs, build relationships that will provide support for the ongoing programs and increase CCM’s ability to respond to changing needs within the community.

Glenn will lead CCM’s Development Team and guide the ministry’s Resource Development Plan to provide the resources necessary to accomplish CCM’s strategic goals in the community.

“Glenn joins CCM with more than 10 years serving Cabarrus County in leadership development, marketing and fundraising,” says CCM Executive Director Ed Hosack. “We are very pleased that he has chosen to be a part of Cooperative Christian Ministry.”

“It is a huge honor for me to be invited to join the staff at CCM,” says Glenn. “For the last several years, I’ve watched this ministry grow in its impact on our community. I am absolutely thrilled to now be a part of the team to help CCM continue to grow and help even more people going forward.”

In addition, CCM has added Chris Shoemaker to the Development Team as Business Relationship Specialist, a growing area of development within Cabarrus County. Chris also has many years of experience in our community and a keen awareness of our community’s needs and resources. Chris will focus her attention on educating and engaging the business community in ways they can impact our neighbors in need.

“CCM is committed to strengthening our position in the community so that we can be more responsive to our communities needs and to help build our local network of services,” says Hosack. “Glenn and Chris are proven leaders in our community who will contribute greatly to CCM’s mission and goals for our community.”

To reach Glenn, call 704-706-9049 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . To speak with Chris, call 704-918-1485 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .

Summer Food Drive Begins June 15th

    More than one in four children in North Carolina struggle with hunger.

    During the summer, that struggle gets even harder, as only one of seven students who receives a free or reduced price lunch during the school year will get lunch on any given summer day. Programs like Kannapolis City Schools’ free summer lunch program for those under 18 help, but families will still struggle and look to organizations like Cooperative Christian Ministry for assistance.

    Food Program Manager Barry Porter estimates that approximately 40 percent of the individual clients served from CCM’s feeding programs are under 18 and many do not know from where their next meal will come.

    “Families are still struggling to choose between keeping the power on and buying groceries,” says Porter. “CCM is here to help make the grocery budget stretch a little further, allowing families to do both.”

    To offset the low numbers of non-perishable food items available at the CCM pantries in the summer – including 9 satellite pantries and the Crisis Center pantry – CCM is hosting their third annual Summer Food Drive. Non-perishable food items, including canned and boxed goods, can be brought to any of the CCM pantries as well as drop-off locations at businesses throughout the community.

    Kannapolis and Concord Cannon Pharmacy locations; Concord and Kannapolis F&M Bank branch locations; and the Concord-Kannapolis Independent Tribune will be drop-off locations for food items this summer. Simply bring non-perishable food items to these businesses to help refill the pantries at CCM. Glass jars are not recommended, due to the possibility of breakage during transport. (see attached list for a complete list of locations)

    In conjunction with the Summer Food Drive, CCM is also hosting two special challenges. The Kids CAN too! challenge offers kids the chance to collect canned food and receive a special prize by bringing them to the CCM Crisis Center. The 1,000 Can Challenge is being offered to churches to raise 1,000 cans of food for CCM through their congregations.

2015 CCM Summer Food Drive Drop-off locations

The 2015 drop-off locations for the CCM Summer Food Drive are:

F&M Bank, 2975 Dale Earnhardt Blvd., Kannapolis

F&M Bank, 635 Church St. N., Concord

Cannon Pharmacy, Kannapolis Main, 1706 S. Cannon Blvd., Kannapolis

Cannon Pharmacy, Kannapolis North, 1402 N. Cannon Blvd., Kannapolis

Cannon Pharmacy, Concord, 760 Cabarrus Ave. W., Concord

Independent Tribune, 363 Church St. N., Ste. 140, Concord


CCM Food Pantries will also be accepting food donations.

Locations and hours are:

CCM Crisis Center, 246 Country Club Dr., Concord.

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday,
Thursday and Friday; 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Wednesday.

Bethel Baptist Helping Hands Food Pantry at Bethel Baptist Church, 1209 ¼ Opal St., Kannapolis.

9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Monday and Thursday.

Cupboard of Love Food Pantry at Westford UMC, 273 Hwy. 49 S., Concord.

8:30-11:30 a.m.

Kannapolis Food Pantry at West Point Baptist Church, 1100 Pine St., Kannapolis.

a.m. Saturdays.

Christian Hearts Food Pantry at Oak Ridge Baptist Church, 5340 Flowes Store Road, Concord.

8:30-11:30 a.m. Saturdays.

North Kannapolis Baptist Church Food Pantry, 312 Locust St., Kannapolis.

9 a.m. to 12
noon Wednesdays.

New Life Baptist Church, 1281 Biscayne Dr., Concord.

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesdays and

TB2G Food Pantry at Pine Bluff UMC, 11000 Reed Mine Road, Midland.

Call 704-888-3090
for appointment.

Charity Baptist Church, 2420 Brantley Road, Kannapolis.

Call 704-938-7668 for

Pam Smith Receives Guiding Light Award

St. John’s Masonic Lodge in Kannapolis honored CCM’s Pam Smith with its “Guiding Light” Community Service Award.

Smith is the second recipient of the award, which is presented annually to local outstanding service leaders in the community.

Pam was recognized for her outstanding work with the Carver Area Historic Preservation Association (CAHPA) and Cooperative Christian Ministry Mothers & Children Housing Program.

“We were blown away by the work she’s done in our community,” said Addul El Ali, Worshipful Master of St. John’s Lodge.

Pam accepted the award May 15th at St. John’s Lodge’s award banquet and art auction. The banquet was attended by community and business leaders and members of the community.

CCM’s Executive Director, Ed Hosack spoke of Pam’s leadership at the event.

In addition to celebrating Mrs. Smith, St. John’s Lodge celebrated 66 years of service in the community.

“We are really thankful for all those who came out to support Ms. Smith,” Ali said.

Local artist Bill Smith donated two pieces of art for the auction entitled “Movies at Carter” and “Kansas Sky.” The proceeds of the banquet and art auction benefitted the Carver Area Historic Preservation Association and St. John’s Lodge Building Fund.

“The impact of a leader is not what they accomplish in life but what others accomplish as a result of having known them.” Mr. Hosack said.

“Pam embraced a vision for serving single mothers who are facing homelessness and she has created a ministry that provides safety, stability, hope and a future for women and children,” he added.


Part 1: Homeless families get a fresh start through CCM

Posted: Sunday, July 20, 2014 11:13 am | Updated: 9:03 am, Mon Aug 4, 2014.
By Joanie Morris Reeder Special to the Independent Tribune
Photos courtesy of James Nix (Independent Tribune)

First in a three-part series


The first blow came in 2003 when Pillowtex shut down, resulting in the largest mass layoff in the history of North Carolina. Then, the collapse of the financial and housing markets in 2008 contributed to Cabarrus County having the highest percentage increase of home foreclosures in the state. Unemployment soared and remained high for years.

And families lost their homes.

Cabarrus County’s annual Point-In-Time count of homeless people has shown significant increases in the number of homeless in the community year after year. Most alarming is the rate at which the number of homeless families continues to rise.


Part 2: CCM's Teaching Housing gives hope to homeless families

Posted: Monday, July 28, 2014 7:33 am | Updated: 9:03 am, Mon Aug 4, 2014.
By Joanie Morris Reeder Special to the Independent Tribune
Photos courtesy of James Nix (Independent Tribune)

Second in a three-part series

jamesniximageThe gift of a home to Cooperative Christian Ministry’s Teaching Housing Program is about more than the physical structure. For working homeless families in the program, it’s about dignity, stability and recovery.

No parent chooses to be homeless. Circumstances have thrust these families into the situation they find themselves in. Loss of employment, divorce or other causes are all cited as reasons for homelessness in family situations. The most recent Point-In-Time count of homeless individuals in Cabarrus County showed a 28 percent increase in homeless families with children – 219 homeless people in families with children this year compared to 171 last year and 137 in 2012.

The Point-In-Time Count, because of definitions established by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, does not include families who are “doubled-up” due to loss of housing. Cabarrus County and Kannapolis City schools report more than 300 students (not counting other family members) who are homeless. CCM estimates there is little duplication between the number of homeless students from the school systems and the Point-In-Time Count numbers because those families are living “doubled-up” or in hotels, and the Point-In-Time Count addresses families in shelters and other places not intended for human habitation.


Part 3: CCM’s Teaching Housing program counts on community help

Posted: Monday, August 4, 2014 8:59 am
By Joanie Morris Reeder Special to the Independent Tribune
Photos courtesy of James Nix (Independent Tribune)

Third in a three-part series

jamesniximage2Cooperative Christian Ministry’s innovative Teaching Housing Program, which lifts families from homelessness to hope, wouldn’t be possible without the support of a big-hearted community.

There are three ways CCM obtains homes for the program. The very first Teaching House, started in 2008, was offered on a $1 per year lease for three years by a local landlord. SunTrust Bank sponsored the renovation, and a working homeless family was sheltered in Kannapolis.

It’s still done this way today – homeowners can lease homes to CCM for the organization to use for the Teaching Housing Program. Leases are usually offered on a 3-5 year term with CCM.

CCM also has partnerships with the city of Kannapolis and other local government agencies where homes are offered, renovated and used in the program. Participating families have a chance to purchase the homes through a federal program managed by the city.


CCM Director taking hard-earned sabbatical


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Posted: Sunday, March 16, 2014 8:21 am | Updated: 7:48 am, Wed Mar 19, 2014.
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KANNAPOLIS – After nearly 10 years devoted to directing and expanding Cooperative Christian Ministry's caring reach into the community, Ed Hosack will begin a three-month sabbatical on April 7.

Sabbaticals are often taken by leaders of churches and professionals in the health care and education fields, but not often by leaders in the local nonprofit world, said Hosack, executive director of Cooperative Christian Ministry (CCM).

"The news over the last couple of years has been filled with nonprofit executives being burnt out and leaving their posts," Hosack said. "I think the sabbatical is a proactive way to keep strong leadership in the nonprofit sector and to develop new leadership within the nonprofit sector."
Hosack said taking three months to rest, travel, read and study, among his other plans, was not his idea, though.

"This is something our board of directors proposed and provided to me," Hosack said. "I consider it a gift."


CCCF Awards $5,000 Grant to CCM’s Project Independence

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CCCF Awards $5,000 Grant to CCM’s Project Independence

CONCORD – Cooperative Christian Ministry (CCM) announces today it has received a $5,000 grant from the Cabarrus County Community Foundation for CCM’s Project Independence. CCM’s network of shelter and housing opportunities through My Father’s House, the Mothers & Children Housing Ministry and Teaching Housing program assisted more than 43 households comprised of 137 individuals last year in Cabarrus and southern Rowan counties. The grant from the Cabarrus County Community Foundation will be used in CCM’s Teaching Housing Program to provide shelter and housing as well as supportive case management.

“CCM will continue to expand on our existing shelter and housing services and explore opportunities to create new resources in our community,” says CCM Executive Director Ed Hosack. “The Cabarrus County Community Foundation is a faithful partner made up of committed decision-makers who know our community. Gifts like this one, dedicated to addressing the housing crisis in our community, are critical for developing new solutions.”