James Stewart Hooker: CFOC Program Coordinator
Jim Hooker relocated to Greenville, NC with his wife Maureen in 2011 after living and working for 36 years in the Washington, DC area. He completed 20 years of service in the Navy in 1980.
Since his arrival Jim has been engaged in several efforts to improve the welfare of the local community and its residents. These include identifying and feeding the hungry, especially children and senior citizens; and, providing oxygen therapy for veterans who have suffered traumatic brain (TBI) or post traumatic stress (PTSD) injuries.
In 2015 Jim and the Kiwanis club of Golden K undertook a study to determine who in the community was hungry, where they lived and how best to assist these families. This work led to the understanding that approximately 25% of the children living in Pitt County were routinely hungry. These hungry children are identified by successfully applying to the federally funded CEP program (often referred to as the free school lunch program). This CEP program is operated through Pitt county school system principals, social workers and guidance counselors.
In 2017 the Community Feeding Our Children (CFOC) program was initiated under the leadership Pastor Rodney Coles, President of Church’s Outreach Network (CON), with Jim Hooker as the program coordinator. CFOC’s mission is “To maximize the effectiveness of resources including churches, schools, charity’s and other community businesses and organizations to directly impact children’s hunger, especially at those times when hunger is most prevalent.”
In pursuit of the children’s hunger issue the following was determined: