Food Closet FAQs | Empty Bowls


  1. Is it better to donate money or food?
    We can purchase some food items through the Second Harvest Food Bank at a lower cost to us. We can’t always get what we need through this program but it does help. The donations of food still help us tremendously.

  2. Who do you serve?
    We serve the low income families and individuals of Alleghany County.

  3. Where does the food that stocks the shelves at the food closet come from?
    Our sources for food come from different places. Our local grocers, Lowes Food and Food Lion allow us to come everyday and take what they consider to be going out of date in a few days. We sort it and give it out that day or freeze the meat to be given out later. We also get donations everyday from individuals, food drives from clubs and organizations, churches and gleaning produce from the Upper Mountain Research Station in Ashe County. What we do not get from these places we purchase from Second Harvest Food Bank and other local retailers.

  4. What type of food items can you use?
    We try to the best of our ability to give out nutritious and wholesome food.  Click here for a printable list of donation ideas.

  5. Where and when can I drop off a donation?
    Our hours are Monday-Thursday 11:00 – 2:00. We can usually accept donations by 9:30 on most of those days. Please bring them to the end of the building by the garage door. It is always a good idea to call ahead to make sure someone is there - 336-372-6560. Our Holiday schedule can be found here.

  6. I have heard about a deer hunter’s program what is it?
    This is a great program that started from an idea from a local game warden. Through this program we can receive deer meat which has been harvested and taken to an approved meat processor who will then get the meat to us to give out to our clients. This is a win-win situation where we both benefit.

  7. Do I have to pay for the processing of the meat?
    No. We pay for the processing which can be between $25 and $35. Some of our hunters will go ahead and pick up that tab for us as their full donation to the project.

  8. Do I have to clean my deer before I take it to the processor?
    You only need to field dress your deer.

  9. What is the backpack program about?
    1 in 7 children in our state are food insecure. This program is in place to help feed those children who may not get enough to eat on the weekends when they are out of school. We fill a backpack with kid-friendly nutritious food and it is given out each Friday to qualifying children.

  10. What is the Nutritional program?
    We serve a number of folks who deal with diabetes and we strive to have food items that would be helpful in managing their diets. We also try to help those learn to manage their disease with discussions and literature that is available to them.

  11. I think I might qualify for food, what steps do I need to take to find out?
    If you are a resident of Alleghany County you can come by with a picture ID or Driver’s license. Also bring with you a copy of your recent electric or phone bill (this is for proof of residency) and proof of income. All of your information will be kept confidential. You will be interviewed to see if you qualify. If you do qualify, be prepared to take your food home with you that day.

  12. How can I volunteer?
    It takes a lot of volunteers to run the food closet well. If you are interested in volunteering please call the Director (Larry Myers @ 372-6560 or email and she will work with you to see how we can best serve you with the time you might have available. Our policies and procedures can be found here.

  13. What steps do I need to take if my club, organization, etc. wants to hold a food drive to benefit the food closet?
    All you need to do is plan your event and let the Director know when you will be having it. We will work with you to get the food picked up and brought to the food closet.

  14. How can I make a monetary donation?
    If you would like to make a donation to the food closet, you can write a check to the Alleghany County Ministerium and note Solid Rock Food Closet in the memo line and drop it off Monday - Thursday 11:00am-2:00pm) or mail it to: Solid Rock Food Closet, PO Box 1166, Sparta, NC 28675
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