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The Clay County Food Pantry is a non-profit organization in Clay County NC, whose purpose is to aid families and individuals in our community who suffer from hunger by providing food assistance, and to make referrals for other assistance, without reference to ethnic or racial origins, religious, political or social beliefs. 

Hours of Operation:  Fridays 9am to 12noon


The Clay County Food Pantry began distributing food in 1992 at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, using the basement of Oak Forest United Methodist Church. This non-denominational, ecumenical effort has the vision to resolve the suffering of Clay County's hunger "one box at at time". In 1995, the organization incorporated and obtained 501(c)(3) status. With demand growing, and space a challenge, in 2000, the Clay County Food Pantry opened a purpose-built facility on Hinton Center Drive, dedicated to providing food to those less fortunate.

Over the last five years, the Clay County Food Pantry has served an average of 533 families a month and distributed an average of 7,600 boxes of food per year.  CCFP, like other regional pantries, experienced a decline in clients in 2020 and 2021 due to COVID concerns. Clients avoided public places and had other assistance that was available to them. As those programs expired, and inflation impacted family grocery bills, we realized a higher level of demand. That inflation significantly affected CCFP’s cost, making your donations even more important

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2024-2026 Board of Directors

Jerry Sullivan- President & CEO

Susan Warner - Vice President

Trish Nicholas - Treasurer

Debra Bolle - Secretary



Sandi Culley * Sharon Hayden * Sandy Jersey

Linda Kennedy * Bob McGinnis * Bill Rice

John Roler * Judy Schmitt * Fannie Watson

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Pictured, left to right are current officers Trish Nicholas Susan Warner, Debra Bolle, and Jerry Sullivan


CCFP Officers and Board Members serve two-year terms. Interested in serving? Contact Us

Our Key Supporters


Ingles Market #116 - Hayesville

Highway 69 Storage

Mark Moore Insurance Services Inc.

McKinney Heating & Air

Snap-On Tools - Murphy NC

Walmart - Murphy NC



Christ the King Church – Hiawassee GA

First UMC of Union County GA

Hayesville Church of Christ

Hayesville First United Methodist Church

Hayesville Presbyterian Church

Little Brasstown Baptist Church

Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church

Moss Memorial Baptist Church

Oak Forest United Methodist Church

Presbytery of WNC

Sharp Memorial United Methodist Church



Cherokee Preservation Foundation

Gottlieb Family Matching Fund

Highland Cashiers Foundation

Hinton Rural Life Center

John C. Campbell Folk School

MANNA Food Bank - Asheville

United Way of Cherokee & Clay Counties



American Legion of Clay Co Post 532

Clay County Rotary Club

Clay County Tractor Club

Lions Club of Clay Co NC

MANNA Food Bank - Asheville

Misty Mountain Quilters Guild



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The Clay County Food Pantry was voted Best Charity by readers of the Clay County Progress in 2022!

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