The Food Pantry of Highlands

Highlands, NC
  • S. Third Street Highlands NC, 28741
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Most people do not associate hunger as being a problem in this area, but many local people are struggling to survive on incomes far below the national poverty guidelines.

The mission of the Food Pantry of Highlands is to provide nutritious food to anyone who meets the income eligibility guidelines for USDA food.  In the winter months, the economies of Highlands and Cashiers slow to a standstill. This, combined with increased heating costs, drains funds from the family budget that would normally be spent on food.

That’s why the services of the Food Pantry are a godsend. It allows clients to select their own food.  That’s basic food staples, as well as fresh produce and some personal items.  The amount allowed is based on the number of individuals in the family.  Currently, the Food Pantry provides food for 272 families representing 824 individuals.

This vital enterprise relies upon volunteers and donations to operate.  Currently, there’s a critical need for shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, dried beans, canned meat and fruit.

The Food Pantry of Highlands is located behind Highlands United Methodist Church and is open every Monday from 3:30 to 5:30 P.M.  Donations may be dropped off at the church from 8:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M. Monday through Thursday and from 8:00 A.M. to 2:00 P.M. Friday.

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