History

From our first food distribution at the Holly Springs United Methodist Church annex in 2010 to today, the Holly Springs Food Cupboard continues to grow thanks to our volunteers and partnerships. In 2019, we served 430 unique families during 50 client visits. We’re continuing to serve the needs here in Holly Springs, and we invite you to join us. Become a part of our history! 

2020 Highlights

January

  • Partnership begins with Starbucks #49535 on Kildaire Farm Rd., Cary
  • Bombshell Beer Company supports Cupboard with food drive and t-shirt sales at their 6th anniversary celebration

February

  • Sofia Launer and Girl Scout Troop 2079 deliver picnic table with game top as part of her Silver Project.
  • Received first donation of 19 produce boxes from The Produce Box.
  • Second greenhouse installed and 8 racks built by Eagle Scout project (Griffin McGaughey)
  • Volunteer appreciation open house at the Cupboard Feb. 15. (Caps with logo given to volunteers)

March

  • Due to the COVID19 pandemic we began to use drive through distribution and deliveries to clients with age, health or transportation concerns on March 19.  We also began distributing track out bags every two weeks to families with school age children since the schools were closed.

May

  • Received grant from the Town of Holly Springs ($2,500) and then second grant for COVID19 response from Town of Holly Springs ($2,500).
  • A new commercial freezer was purchased for meat distribution and installed in the distribution room.
  • The Cupboard Garden received a grant from the American Heart Association to install 20 whiskey barrel movable planters for miniature apple trees.

2019 Highlights

February
Volunteer appreciation open house at the Cupboard.  (gray t-shirts with logo given to volunteers)
Partnership begins with Sheetz #659 on Avent Ferry Rd. 

March 
Partnership begins with The Butcher’s Market of Holly Springs.
First 3rd Thursday business volunteers help with distribution.  (Salamanders office staff)

May
Received grant from the Town of Holly Springs ($2,500)

June
GMA Supply Building Materials sponsors Home Runs for Hunger at home Salamanders ball games.
CVS ends recovery donations nationally
Received grant from M. Jack & Dorothy S. Stephens Fund of Triangle Community Foundation for purchase of fresh, healthy foods. ($10,000)

July
Purchased new produce shelves for distribution room.

August
Chosen for the Healthy Pantry Program at the Silver Level by the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC.
Purchased a television for the client entry room to display healthy tips on continuous play during distributions.
Girl Scout Silver Award project provides new children’s bookcase and square foot garden bed kits (Katie Rogers, Kaghan McElaney, Katie Mayer).

September
Holly Springs Road becomes a divided highway. Cupboard entry and exit is now right hand turn only.

October 
Distribution Room floor refinished by Seqirus Team on their workday. They also rebuilt ramp to garden shed.
Sarah Crissman relocates her bee hives to the Cupboard Garden.

November
Chamber of Commerce’s Grapes, Grain & Giving event benefits Cupboard ($10,000)

December
Cupboard is the CBS 17 three-degree partner. A video highlighting the Cupboard was featured on the weather forecast and $2100 in donations were received.

2018 Highlights 

January
Pat Haggard, Executive Director, receives Ham Womble Award (Distinguished Service Award)

March
The Triangle Commercial Association of Realtors honored the HSFC with the 2017 Community Foundation Award
The Cupboard welcomes Butterscotch and Betsy to join Biscuit in the Cupboard chicken residence. First monthly tasting for clients with SNAP-Ed Steps to Health, NC State University

April
The Holly Springs Chamber of Commerce’s Grapes, Grains & Giving benefits HSFC. Garden potting table built and delivered by Holly Springs Troop 431 (HS Ward 4 LDS).

June
Received grant from the Town of Holly Springs ($2500)

July
Loan for 2017 addition paid in full.

August
Received grant from the M. Jack and Dorothy S. Stephens Fund of Triangle Community Foundation for the purchase of fresh, healthy foods. Kiosks and brick pathway built by Eagle Scout project (Jacob Pentecost).

October
Seqirus work team raises front porch so that it is all on one level.  They also lay stone path to garden shed and rebuild ramp to back shed.

November
Golf tournament #8 and dinner with the Mason Jar Tavern/Lager Co. at Devils Ridge Golf Club.  (After original date in September was cancelled due to hurricane.)

2017 Highlights

January
Volunteer appreciation reception held at Sunrise United Methodist Church
Cleve Pate, Architect engaged to render floor plans for new addition

February
Compost bin built and installed by Masonic Lodge #115 members

March
Six A-frame tray racks for seedlings built by Eagle Scout project (Daniel Porter)

April
Contract signed with Mike DiScala (Primo Design Build) to build new addition

May
Fashion for Food #5 at The Family Farm (Mary Babbitt)
Construction on warehouse addition begins

June
Received grant from the M. Jack and Dorothy S. Stephens Fund of
Triangle Community Foundation for an additional commercial refrigerator and freezer ($10,000)
Received grant from the Town of Holly Springs ($2,500)
​Received grant from Wells Fargo ($2,500 for equipment in new addition)

July
Construction completed on warehouse addition and renovation of original building. Awaiting cooler weather to accomplish landscaping requirements.

August
Purchased and installed commercial freezer and refrigerator with M. Jack and Dorothy S. Stephens Fund of the Triangle Community Foundation funds.
Adopted new logo designed by Dave Avis
Website reconstructed by Tamara Ward​

September
Golf tournament #7 and dinner with The Mason Jar Tavern/Lager Co. at Devils Ridge Golf Club
Girl Scout Troop #4578 installed a “Little Library” on the front lawn.

October
Ribbon cutting ceremony for warehouse addition and remodel

November
Holly Springs Food Cupboard selected as the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC Partner Agency of Excellence for Wake County for 2017.

2016 Highlights

February
Donations received from Amazon Prime

Founder, Carol Moran resigns from Board of Directors for health reasons.

April
Fashion for Food #4 at Mims House (Mary Babbitt)
Whole Foods of Cary 5% Shopping Day
Partnership begins with Chick-fil-A of Holly Springs
Boundary wall for front entrance built by Eagle Scout project (John Alachi)

May
Donation of hydroponic growing station for Cupboard Garden
Farmer Foodshare begins with the Holly Springs Farmers Market
Two laying hens (Polly and Biscuit) and coop/care donated by Marilyn Jesrani

May/JuneSite plans filed with town for building expansion.
The consultant team that donated their time to this important step included Don Mizelle (WithersRavenel), Pat Perez (CALYX) and Chet Van Fossen (CVF Architect). 

September
Golf tournament #6 and dinner with The Mason Jar Tavern at 12 Oaks Golf Club
Partnership begins with CVS #8911 (Village Walk)

October
Partnership begins with Pizza Hut (Main Street)

November
Bridge to cemetery build by Eagle Scout project (Jack Shaeffer)

​2015 Highlights

February
Partnership begins with Food Lion #938 (Main St.)

April
Irrigation System for Garden installed by Eagle Scout project (Chris Harris)
Fashion Show #3 at Holly Springs Cultural Center (Mary Babbitt)
Produce drying racks made by Eagle Scout project (James Easterly)

July
Parking lot paved

September
Golf tournament #5 and Cook Out with The Mason Jar Tavern at 12 Oaks Golf Club

2014 Highlights

January
Began receiving retail recovery bakery items from Lowes Food #207 (Bass Lake Rd.)

April
Luncheon and fashion show #2 at Sunrise United Methodist Church (Mary Babbitt)

May
Began gleaning YMCA/InterFaith Food Shuttle Mobile Market remainders

July
Tool shed addition and green house for Cupboard Garden

August
Two wooden benches made by Eagle Scout project (Zac Coleman)

September
Golf tournament #4 with Sunrise United Methodist Church at Devils Ridge
Began partnership with Kraft Family YMCA for our clients to attend Cooking Matters classes at Sunrise United Methodist Church

​​​2013 Highlights

February
Received Ham Womble Award (Distinguished Service Award)

April
Partnership begins with Food Lion #2198 retail recovery (Holly Springs Rd.)

May
Compost bins installed by Eagle Scout project (Ryan Beaver)
First “Fashion for Food” luncheon and fashion show fundraiser (Mary Babbitt) at Sunrise United Methodist Church
Partnership begins with Starbucks Store #19453 (Grand Hill Place)

July
Carport enclosed

August
Mortgage paid in full

September
Golf tournament #3 with Sunrise United Methodist Church at Devils Ridge

December
Two large commercial refrigerators and one freezer donated (with help of Rotary members)

2012 Highlights

March
Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Began receiving pineapple trimmings from Edible Arrangements (Village Walk Drive)

April
Partnership with Garden Club of Holly Springs to begin a garden at the Cupboard

May
Partnership with Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC

July
Shed refurbished by Eagle Scout project (Tim Mathis)

September
Golf tournament #2 with Sunrise United Methodist Church at 12 Oaks

October
New addition completed by SWAT (Seniors With Attitude and Tools, Pete Morrison)

December
New sign installed at street

​2011 Highlights

March
Received 501(c)3 nonprofit status

May
Dissolved sponsorship agreement with Western Wake Crisis Ministry

September
Closed on purchase of 621 W. Holly Springs Road after successful Capital Campaign.

October
First annual Holly Springs Food Cupboard/Sunrise United Methodist Church golf tournament at Devils Ridge

November
Thanksgiving packages distributed to families from the new Cupboard

December
Distributions begin from the new Cupboard​

2010 Highlights

January
Letter sent to Chamber of Commerce asking for their support

February & March
Open meetings for those interested in forming a food pantry

April & May
Western Wake Crisis Ministry in Apex offers to help us organize

June
Incorporated with the State of NC
Sponsorship agreement with Western Wake Crisis Ministry 

September
First distribution at Holly Springs United Methodist Church annex​

2009

August-December
Preliminary work done by founder, Carol Moran