1 IN 5 CHILDREN
Go Hungry and 22%
of Cabarrus County Residents are Food Insecure
The mission of 1CAN Inc. is to reduce the number of children, adults & families suffering from food insecurity.
1CAN began in 2019 as Cabarrus Blessing Boxes. After months of seeking the ideal location, Founder Sheryl Kluge obtained approval from Concord’s Fire Chief Ray Allen. The first Blessing Box was built by Officer Chris Carpenter and installed at Fire Station 5 in Concord, NC.
Sheryl's desire was to provide a place where anyone could go to obtain nonperishable food items without having to fill out forms or qualify. They could just simply go to the box and take what they needed to feed their family. Within a few months it was clear that the need was larger than anticipated and more boxes were needed. By the end of 2019 there were a total of 4 Blessing Boxes in Cabarrus County.
In 2020 because of the Pandemic, families effected by food insecurity skyrocketed, and another 3 boxes were added in other areas within Cabarrus County. Sheryl realized to continue assisting families in need, Cabarrus Blessing Boxes needed to become an official nonprofit. in August of 2020. 1CAN Inc. was founded and received its 501c3 status. 1CAN was able to assist families with over 20,000 food and personal hygiene items in 2020.
1CAN also worked with residents of Cabarrus County to supply food and hygiene kits. Businesses and local government agencies approved and supported building more boxes. Community partners, One Life and Sojourner Church hosted food drives, launched congregational challenges, and provided various in-kind and monetary donations to help further the mission of 1CAN. Organizations such as The Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts of America, the YMCA, and National Pageant Queens, serve the community by volunteering with 1CAN to build boxes, host food drives, and complete needed projects.
Blessing Boxes: Take what you need - Leave what you can.
Our boxes offer 24/7 assistance to anyone in need of food or personal hygiene items, they simply go to any convenient & safe location and take what they need. Due to the shame felt by many with food insecurity we provide assistance with no forms to fill out, interview or qualification offering anonymity to all.
Our boxes also offer those in a position to give a simple way to drop off a few items to any location at any time.
Read about one of our boxes, built by Gabe Perry as an Eagle Scout Project:
Back to School Snackpacks:
This program assists school aged children who suffer from food insecurity by providing them with a bag filled with at least 3 assorted snacks and a juice box. These bags are put together at the start of each school year and given Cabarrus County School District social workers to distribute to the schools. For the 21/22 School year the snackpack program is expanding to include the Kannapolis School District.
Holiday Meal Give Away:
This program began in 2020 and we were able to provide 140 families with a Holiday Meal Kit. Each kit includes: a ham, 2 cans of vegetables, corn muffin mix, fruit cocktail, jello mix, mashed potatoes, mac & cheese and dessert for a family of 4.