Caterpillar Ministries have been meeting the physical and spiritual needs of local people for more than 15 years.
Founded by Anne Crawford (on the left) in 2007 and run by Executive Director Sarah Fortner (on the right), Caterpillar Ministries is a grassroots, nonprofit, and non-denominational Christian organization partnering with neighbors in the Huntington Green community of Huntersville. Their goal is to experience together the abundant life through Jesus Christ.
Aptly named, their website explains, “We are being transformed from caterpillars to butterflies, and we are becoming new creations in Him.”
To help meet physical needs, volunteers from Davidson College Presbyterian Church bring bags of food to be distributed to families in the area. The church has partnered with Caterpillar for many years in different ways, but the food donations are one way they can help local communities. Food needs are communicated by Caterpillar and Angels & Sparrows Community Table to the church and members sign up to provide the donations and distribution.
American Legion Post 321 in Huntersville hosts food drives, too.
According to Aileen Ramirez, Family Engagement Director, one of their most popular ways to get food to local people is through the food cupboard at the front of the ministry. “People can stop by and get whatever they need,” she said. “We will fill it up and it will be empty in no time.”
The cupboard was built and installed by the Rotary Club of Lake Norman-Huntersville.
A portion of the proceeds from World Hunger Day at First Baptist Church is given to Caterpillar Ministries. World Hunger Day started in 1982 with fund raising activities to help feed people here and abroad. The Community Breakfast, Angels & Sparrows, and Loaves & Fishes are local ministries that also receive funds.