St. Andrew’s donates to Food for Thought through Empty Bowls Event

Many thanks to St. Andrew’s By the Sea and their outreach committee. Their recent Empty Bowls Event helped to raise money for 4 local charities supporting food insecurity issues in Dare & Currituck Counties. The four charities were FFT, Beach Food Pantry, Lower Currituck Food Pantry & Room In The Inn; each received a check from St. Andrew’s for $1,250.

Kellogg Supply Company Gives to Food For Thought

Thank you to Kellogg Supply Company for their recent donation to Food for Thought. Just in time for the holidays, the local hardware and lumber supply company, Kellogg Supply, recently held four events throughout the fall months which included a Charcuterie Class at The Cottage Shop in Nags Head, a Seashell Terrarium Class at the The Cottage Shop/Kellogg Supply in Duck, a Painting Class at Kellogg Supply in KDH, and a Painting Class at Kellogg Supply in Edenton. All ticket proceeds were donated and matched by Kellogg Supply Company for a total donation of $1,400! We are so thankful for this generous donation and wonderful community involvement.

Food For Thought Weekend Food Program Now Includes All K-8th Grades

KITTY HAWK – Food for Thought

Matching the county’s expanded free breakfast and lunch program, Food for Thought Outer Banks has expanded its own program to include all pre-K through 8th grade students for free, nutritional weekend meal deliveries.

Shelf-stable meals are now being sent home every Friday to participants until the end of the school year. Each bag will contain only healthy meals and snacks: 2 breakfasts, 2 lunches, snacks and milk.

Families who wish to receive a bag need to contact their school’s guidance counselor for a form. There are no income restrictions; everyone who completes the application will be accepted. Participation is entirely anonymous, and no financial or identifying information is shared with Food for Thought volunteers. Do not miss out on this opportunity to receive healthy food every week for your child.

Download the application here.

Food for Thought is an all-volunteer, non-profit organization that provides healthy non-perishable breakfasts and lunches for students in Dare County. Now in its 13th year, the Outer Banks Food for Thought serves all schools from Cape Hatteras to Kitty Hawk.

Thank you Encore Decor!

Many thanks to Bronwyn Thornton, Encore Decor & all contributing vendors & shoppers for this generous donation to Food For Thought from the proceeds of their Parking Lot Yard Sale in November.  We are so grateful for this contribution.

Food for Thought and Beach Food Pantry Receive Cookbook Proceeds from Women’s Association of Duck Woods Country Club

When the Women’s Association of Duck Woods Country Club (WADWCC) held their virtual board meeting on a warm June day, they discussed an ambitious fund-raiser that would have to be completed before the Christmas gift buying season. Publishing a cookbook of 201 recipes from 48 home cooks and professional chefs is a lofty goal in any year, but that same project under pandemic restrictions in five months is even more daunting.

Today, they have proven it can be done. On a cold December morning, WADWCC culminated their cookbook campaign around the club’s firepit donating over $4,400 to two local charities: Food for Thought and the Beach Food Pantry.

Bobbie Murray, president of Food for Thought, and board member, Margaret Lawler were on hand to receive the check in December.

Margaret Lawler, board member of Food for Thought said “We are committed to helping out even during Christmas break and this donation from WADWCC’s cookbook will go towards that effort,” Lawler said.

In five short months, the club received and reviewed hundreds of recipes. They cooked, taste-tested, edited, photographed, published, and then sold and distributed all 400 of the first print run of Tasty Treasures, Feeding Family & Friends & the Outer Banks Community. Inside are the best recipes from locals who know how to entertain and feed a crowd. Also included are recipes from favorite local restaurants such as Blue Water and Blue Moon Beach Grill, Saltbox Cafe, Steamers and the Duck Woods Country Club.

“We wanted recipes that were tried and true family favorites. We knew we had a lot of great cooks in the group. We also asked for the back stories to add  the personal touch,” says Carol Riggin, president of WADWCC. “We tailored the book around Outer Banks Living.”

To prove her point, there is a chapter title that every Outer Banks homeowner will immediately recognize, “Company’s Coming,” comically illustrated by a photo of a typical summer Saturday traffic jam exiting the Wright Memorial Bridge.

Riggin says that pre-pandemic monthly luncheon meetings for the 180-member club included raffles, donation baskets, and canned food drives and each year represented hundreds of dollars and bags of food for their favorite local charities.

“Without those meetings, we had to figure out how to keep our members together and still be safe and support our charities,” says Riggin.

Their initial goal was to raise $2,000 and split it between the two charities, but thanks to a cookbook sell-out and extra donations, $4,453 was raised.

Outer Bankers who know the difference between Dukes and Hellmann’s mayonnaise will be happy to recognize their own kitchen in this collection of recipes. Golf Balls, OBX Caviar, or Tidewater Shrimp are nods to the southern hospitality and golf course origins of the women’s group.

Dee Lewis, the cookbook committee chair says that family favorites like her breakfast casserole are what make this compilation a true treasure.

“I’ve been making that for several decades on Christmas mornings,” Lewis says.

Lewis had assembled two cookbooks for her own family members to use, but Tasty Treasures was a much larger task. The cookbook committee used Zoom meetings and email to collaborate while remaining socially distant. The cookbook was then published through, an online self-publishing company.

Lewis says, “They will continue taking online orders and our club is still going to donate the profits from future cookbook sales to Food for Thought and Beach Food Pantry.”

To get a copy for the same $15 price that was offered this fall, go to and search on the title Tasty Treasures.

Maintaining Outreach During Social Distancing

With no end in sight for school closures and local unemployment numbers rising exponentially, Outer Banks Food for Thought board members voted to modify their packing and delivery methods to continue serving at-risk students.

Photo credit Jeanne Brook

Typically, each Thursday would see about 30 volunteers standing shoulder-to-shoulder in assembly line fashion to pack about 350 bags of non-perishable groceries to be distributed in each school. Linda White, Food for Thought board member, describes the usual packing process, “We used to blow it out in 45 minutes. Now, it takes three days. We spend about five hours because we pack in small teams.”

Photo credit Jeanne Brook

Often, the packing teams are families are already in isolation together. But, when the small teams are non-family members, everyone is gloved, masked, and six or more feet apart. “Not only are our volunteers putting themselves on the front line and doing more with fewer people, but we’ve added more kids to feed,” says Linda White, Food for Thought board member.

Photo credit Jeanne Brook

Murray says, “The board thought long and hard about how we could continue serving the community without putting our own volunteers at risk. But our kids are the ones who suffer most when schools are closed. With so many parents out of work now, we are providing for about 550 instead of our usual 350 students.”

Photo credit Jeanne Brook

The process for school children to receive Food for Thought donations has been simplified to match the imminent needs of area families. On Thursdays, any student in need may also request a Food for Thought weekend bag at the Dare County School system’s meal distribution sites. The county continues to distribute its full meal service on from 11:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Cape Hatteras Elementary School, Manteo Elementary School and First Flight Elementary School.

Photo credit Margaret Lawler

“They do not have to be signed up for Food for Thought. On Thursdays, we give bags to anyone who needs help; we don’t want anyone to go hungry while they are trying to learn,” says President, Murray.