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Seventh grade students from Cove Creek Elementary participated in the Feinstein Challenge on behalf of the Hospitality House. Photo courtesy of Hospitality House.

Originally published: 2013-04-25 10:46:59
Last modified: 2013-04-25 10:46:58

Hospitality House's Feinstein Challenge ends Tuesday

by Staff Reports

Area residents have a few more days to participate in the Feinstein Challenge, an effort to end hunger in the High Country through donations to the Hospitality House.

The Hospitality House has partnered with the Feinstein Foundation, which will divide $1 million among hunger-fighting organizations across America. At the end of the challenge, Hospitality House will receive a partial match grant from the 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 this year, raising almost $60,000 and donating more than 8,600 food items so far, according to the Hospitality House.

Community events like the High Country Wedding Expo ($816 + 612 food items), campus events like the Appalachian Hunger Games (1472 food items), churches like St. Mary's of the Hills (450 food items) and schools like WHS Key Club (80 items) have all contributed to the success of this year's challenge.

"The community has really gotten into the challenge," said Hospitality House Food Service Coordinator Allison Jennings. "We've had groups coming by daily to donate, and with over 8,600 food items already collected, we've exceeded what we did last year. But we really want to reach the 10,000 mark!"

In these final days, Hospitality House is reminding residents that food and funds, including pledges, count toward the final tally.

"A great way to make a difference is to join our 500 Club and give $32 per month, said director of development Todd Carter. "As a pledge, that contribution will count as $384 toward the Feinstein Challenge and will have extra money added to it by the Feinstein Foundation." 

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

For more information on the Feinstein Challenge or "The 500 Club," contact Todd Carter at ( or (828) 264-1237 ext. 107.