Cape Fear Memorial Foundation recently awarded the Christian Community Caring Center (aka 4 C's Food Pantry) in Hampstead a two-year grant totaling $11,500.

The pantry, located at 15200 US Highway 17, serves all persons in Eastern Pender County, north to the Onslow County line, south to the New Hanover County line, and west to Rocky Point (east of I-40).

Throughout its 29-year history, the pantry has provided essential non-perishable food to the local community.

"This grant will allow us to purchase a commercial grade refrigerator," said 4 C's president Jeanne Rick, "which will permit us to add some perishable items to our inventory, such as butter and cheese. We are grateful to the Foundation for their faith in us and our mission."

The remaining funds are to provide operating funds for the continuing operation of the pantry. 4 C's is operated solely by volunteers and is looking to recruit more volunteers. If interested, contact Nancy Simon at Cape Fear Memorial Foundation's mission is to support not-for-profit organizations providing services that improve the health and wellness of the people of southeastern North Carolina.