Thermal Belt Outreach receives $15,000 Grant 

Published 4:33 pm Wednesday, October 6, 2021

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In honor of Hunger Action Month, Parsec Financial announces $200,000 in Parsec Prize grants, $175,000 of which goes to organizations focused on alleviating food insecurity.

Polk County-based non-profit Thermal Belt Outreach received a $15,000 unrestricted grant for its food pantry and distribution initiatives.

According to Feeding America, Covid has tragically reversed improvements seen to food insecurity rates over the past decade. They project that “nationally, more than 42 million people, including 13 million children, may experience food insecurity in 2021.” Moreover, 12 NC counties are projected to see more than a 20% increase in their food insecurity rates due to Covid.

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“This grant helps support our mission to provide compassionate assistance to Polk County residents who do not have the resources to provide for their basic life needs,” said Thermal Belt Outreach Executive Director George Alley.

“Outreach is doing the difficult work of helping alleviate food insecurity in our community. I shudder to think what the world would look like without organizations like Outreach,” Baughman said. “It’s an honor to give back to such a worthy and effective organization.” 

Thermal Belt Outreach was one of 10 winners to receive $175,000 in Parsec Prize funds to help alleviate hunger. 

Parsec also announced its Parsec Financial CFP® Certification Diversity Scholarship, a 4-year $100,000 diversity scholarship with CFP Board. The scholarship awards up to $5,000 to 16 qualified students in the Southeast United States seeking to complete the education coursework at a certificate-level CFP Board Registered Program that qualifies the student to sit for the CFP® exam.

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Submitted by Tracy Clark