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Bethel Rural Community Organization delivers food during COVID-19

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Bethel Rural Community Organization food pantry volunteers

FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS — From left: Ted Carr, Stephanie Quis-Garrett, Tom Tomaka, Julie Green, Danny Green, Janet Ross, Carroll Jones, Mike McLean and Glen Garrett

Haywood County’s six community organizations provide food assistance throughout the year to underserved members who live in their jurisdictions.

During the pandemic, Bethel Rural Community Organization is placing greater emphasis on its two committees that provide aid to the public: Benevolence and Food Pantry.

Food is secured weekly by a group of alternating volunteers who make a 1,000-pound weekly food pick-up at the MANNA station in Asheville.

In conjunction with a BRCO Rural Preservation Committee grant from Farm Bureau, BRCO is also able to provide coupons to pantry participants who can use them to secure fresh produce from local farms and produce stands.

The scenario has evolved into a drive-by pickup by participants, with pre-packaged boxes filled with canned and box staples, meat and produce, as well as dog food for those with pets.

Prior to pantry day, hours of sorting, boxing, transporting, and distributing food items is possible due to a number of volunteers who assist throughout the pantry operation process.

Pre-COVID-19, the organization served approximately 18 families and 42 individuals. This past week, numbers escalated to 37 families and 118 individuals.

The organization has indicated that while they do not require more volunteers at this time, the primary need is for food and funds to purchase food.

MANNA, due to shortages at the Asheville warehouse, is distributing funds to pantries throughout the region to purchase groceries. With dramatically increased demand and rising grocery prices, however, that funding falls short of requirements.

Donations may be sent to BRCO, Attn: Food Pantry, PO Box 1333, Waynesville, N.C. 28786 or contact telephone numbers listed on BRCO’s website under the About BRCO – Location and Contacts header:

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The Haywood County Board of Commissioners will hold a public hearing on Monday, June 15, 2020 at 5:30 p.m. in the Historic Courtroom of the Haywood County Historic Courthouse located at 215 N. Main Street, Waynesville, North Carolina 28786. The purpose of the hearing is to allow the public to discuss the sale of the Historic Haywood County Hospital located at 1230 N. Main Street, Waynesville, North Carolina to Landmark Asset Services, Inc. for $225,000.00. The County intends to sell the property for affordable housing for persons of low to moderate income per N.C.G.S. 153A-378. The sale of the Historic Haywood County Hospital is authorized and conducted pursuant to N.C.G.S. 160A-267. The County shall attach covenants or conditions to assure that the property will be put to public use for persons of low to moderate income. Persons wishing to be heard at the public hearing are asked to be present. The County Commissioners may adopt reasonable rules governing the conduct of the hearing including; (i) fixing the maximum time allotted to each speaker, (ii) providing for the designation of spokesmen for groups of persons supporting or opposing the same position, (iii) providing for the selection of delegates from groups of persons supporting or opposing the same positions when the number of persons wishing to attend the hearing exceeds the capacity of the hall, and (iv) providing for the maintenance of order and decorum in the conduct of the hearing.

This 1st day of June, 2020.

Tracy L. Wells, Clerk to the Board

Haywood County Board of Commissioners

No. 35453