Pastor Ivey Belch, left, with Ed and Andrea Cody. Photo: P. Vankevich

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By Peter Vankevich

“Spread the word,” said Ivey Belch, pastor of the Ocracoke Assembly of God Church, on Wednesday as the church opened its Bread of Life Food Pantry for a special food distribution.

From 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. today, the food pantry will distribute boxes of meats and other refrigerated items provided by the Albemarle Commission, a nonprofit whose mission is to improve the lives of the those in the Albemarle Region. 

Belch asked for assistance sharing this information to those in need.

The church opened the pantry Wednesday for a special distribution of donated food during the crisis that arose Thursday when Ocracoke and Hatteras lost power from the severed main electric transmission cables at the Bonner Bridge in Dare County.  

Andrea Cody with her husband, Ed, members of the church who spend their time between Ocracoke and Asheville,  were on hand to assisting people and answering questions.

The food boxes contain a week’s worth of meals for two people.

“Each box  has a mix of proteins, carbs, veggies and fruits. We also have supplemental packs- snack packs with  fruit bars and sealed fruit bowls,” Andrea said.

“We can give more boxes depending on how many are in the family,” Andrea said.

The Bread of Life Food Pantry also is accepting food donations, and financial donations can be sent to the church at P.O. Box 68, Ocracoke, NC 27960.  Write “Food Pantry” in the memo line.


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