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Pictured from left to right:  Dina Hurdle, Open Door Food Pantry Board of Directors Chair; Rosemary Smith, Open Door Food Pantry Executive Director.

The Open Door
of Perquimans County, INC Receives ACT Grant 

The Open Door of Perquimans County, Inc. recently received a $5,000 grant from the Albemarle Community Trust.

The grant will be used to purchase healthy snacks for children in the Perquimans County summer school program. Healthy snacks will also be purchased for food pantry clients.

The Albemarle Community Trust is funded by co-op members who voluntarily donate through their power bills. Members can opt out at any time.

The Open Door Receives 
Community Benefits Grant

Vidant Chowan Hospital recently awarded the Open Door Food Pantry of Perquimans County $5,000 in grant funds, as part of its Community Benefit Grants Program. Vidant Health representatives presented the check to Rosemary Smith and Dina Hurdle, of the Open Door Food Pantry, on February 15, 2022. The Open Door Food Pantry provides programs and offers services that align with Vidant Health's mission to improve the health and well-being of eastern North Carolina.

The funds will support the expansion of services to food pantry clients in important areas of need which include personal care products to improve their health and hygiene and personal assistance items to access necessary nutritional foods. Personal care products such as toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, shampoo, incontinence supplies, feminine hygiene products, infant and toddler diapers, infant and adult wipes, masks, hand sanitizer, etc.…are not covered by Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits, making funding vital to provide these necessities to low-income individuals and families. Additionally, the funding will assist in providing qualifying clients with assistance devices, such as electric can openers, manual can openers, pop top can opener aids and other small kitchen aids for us in opening cans, jars, and bottles.


Pictured from left to right: Jennifer Harriss, Vidant Chowan Hospital Development Manager; Rosemary Smith, Open Door Food Pantry Executive Director; Dina Hurdle, Open Door Food Pantry Board of Directors Chair; Kahla Hall, Vidant Health Foundation Director of Community Benefit.

Pictured is Pastor Coles (second from right) and his volunteers. Also pictured is

Kahla Hall (third from the right), Vidant Health Foundation Director of Community Benefit.



Churches Outreach Network

Through the generosity of our partners at Churches Outreach Network, their founder Pastor Rodney Coles and his many volunteers, we received numerous

wonderful donations of adult incontinence supplies, cleaning disinfectants, hand sanitizers, disinfectant wipes children’s and adult face masks and much more.