Food Drive for Small Farms Week 2023

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Small Farms Week Items NeededChicken Tortilla Soup

March 27-31, 2023 marks the 37th annual Small Farms Week. This is a statewide event presented by Cooperative Extension at N.C. A&T State University that recognizes the contributions of small farmers in counties throughout North Carolina. The N.C. Cooperative Extension Cherokee County Center in association with N.C. A&T State University is hosting a Food Drive until March 27th, 2022. Instead of a general collection of canned goods, staff will be collecting items to provide families with ingredients to create a 7 Can Chicken Tortilla Soup. These kits will be donated to food pantries within the county.

Feeding America reports that 16.4% of residents in Cherokee County are considered food insecure. This means that close to 5,000 individuals did not have access to a reliable source of food during the past year. The increased cost of living is impacting communities and populations across the state. Children are at an even greater risk of facing food insecurity with 20% of children under 18 facing food insecurity.

We hope those who choose to donate will also learn about choosing healthier canned food items. While you’re shopping, look for items that are reduced sodium or have no salt added. If these items aren’t available, rinsing canned beans is another great way to reduce the amount of extra sodium we are consuming. Interested in trying this recipe for yourself? Visit go.ncsu.edu/7-can-soup to download the recipe. Try the recipe, and consider donating these items to provide a meal for a family for as little as ten dollars. 

Anyone interested in donating to this food drive can bring items to the N.C. Cooperative Extension, Cherokee County Center office located at 40 Peachtree Street, Murphy, NC 28904. Our office is located on the second floor of the Courthouse Annex Building, with office hours from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Ingredients:

1 (15 oz.) can Black Beans*

1 (15 oz.) can Pinto Beans*

1 (14.5 oz.) can Diced Tomatoes*

1 (15 oz.) can Sweet Mexican Corn*

1 (12.5 oz.) can Chicken Breast*

1 (14 oz.) can Coconut Milk

1 (14 oz.) can Chicken Broth*

*Look for reduced sodium or no salt added options when available.

For more information about our food drive, healthy food donations, or other programs offered by N.C. Cooperative Extension, contact Marlana Baker, Family and Consumer Sciences Agent, at marlana_baker@ncsu.edu  or 828.837.2210 ext 5.