Hickory – The Greater Hickory Cooperative Christian Ministry (GHCCM) Board of Directors and Staff announce that in the 54th year of service to the community the ministry is set to embark on a goal-oriented initiative that offers a pathway toward transformation. GHCCM is focusing on meeting the changing needs of our neighbors (clients), reduce the duplication of services within the community, and increase opportunities for “wholistic” or whole person transformation out of poverty. As stated by Lily Moody, Executive Director of GHCCM, “While we may look slightly different in the coming months, our commitment remains the same to both our Christian values and to our mission.”Hickory’s GHCCM Moves From Food Pantry

The first step in the initiative is that GHCCM’s Nutrition Center is moving from a traditional food pantry into offering healthy food choices and nutrition education for those GHCCM Medical Clinic patients who are facing chronic diseases. As of November 28, 2022, food through the Nutrition Center will no longer be available to the public. As GHCCM implements the Healthy Food Option Center, the food inventory is being distributed to neighbors.

Molly Sain, GHCCM Director of the Medical Clinic adds, “Healthy food options and nutrition education, in combination with regular medical care, have been proven as powerful tools to increase healthy outcomes in diseases that many of our neighbors’ face, like diabetes and hypertension. Our new center will provide our Medical Center patients access to these tools in line with the nationwide ‘Food Is Medicine’ movement. The research is clear that successful disease management = increased healthy outcomes = decreased healthcare costs that not only benefit our neighbors but the community as a whole.” During this transition, GHCCM is assisting neighbors in locating existing food programs and identifying other food resources within the community.

GHCCM is dependent on grants and financial contributions to continue offering the wide range of support to our community. It is the goal of GHCCM to work together to offer stability to those in crisis and a pathway out of the poverty cycle. For hours of operation, ministry offerings, or to donate, visit GHCCM’s website at www.ccmhickory.org. For additional information email info@ccmhickory.org. To volunteer, send your request to outreach@ccmhickory.org.