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Originally published: 2014-04-24 14:05:14
Last modified: 2014-04-24 14:05:59

Feinstein Challenge enters home stretch to aid nonprofits

Less than eight days remain to take the Feinstein Challenge and join Hospitality House in its bid to end hunger in the High Country. 

Hospitality House has once again partnered with the Feinstein Foundation, which will divide $1 million among hunger-fighting organizations across America, to fight hunger in the High Country. 

At the conclusion of the challenge, Hospitality House will receive a partial match grant from the Feinstein Foundation based on the amount of funds and food raised between March 1 and April 30.

A record number of individuals, schools, businesses and churches have taken the Feinstein Challenge - raising almost $50,000 and donating more than 20,000 pounds of food so far. 

Community events such as the High Country Wedding Expo ($1,872 plus 850 pounds of food), campus events such as Greek Life (10,000 pounds of food), churches such as Rumple Presbyterian (389 pounds of food) and First Baptist Church of West Jefferson ($1,000) and businesses such as Pepper's (90 pounds of food) have all contributed to the success of this year's challenge, according to a spokesman for the foundation. 

"The entire community has really gotten into the challenge," Hospitality House food service coordinator Allison Jennings said. "We've had groups coming by each week to donate, and with over 20,000 pounds of food already collected, we've nearly doubled what we did last year, but we really want to reach the 25,000 pound mark."

With just about a week remaining, Hospitality House is reminding folks that food and funds, including pledges and love offerings, count toward the final tally. 

"A great way to make a difference is to become part of The 365 Project and give $1 a day," director of development Todd Carter said. "As a pledge, that contribution will count as $365 toward the Feinstein Challenge and will have extra money added to it by the Feinstein Foundation."

There's still time to help. Take the Feinstein Challenge by joining The 365 Project or donating online at 

Donors may also mail a check (noting Feinstein Challenge in memo line) to Hospitality House, P.O. Box 309 Boone, NC 28607, or bring cash, check or food (each item counts as $1) by the Hospitality House, located at 338 Brook Hollow Road in Boone. 

For more information on the Feinstein Challenge or The 365 Project, contact  Carter at ( or (828) 264-1237, ext. 107.