Chuck Harmon may not be trekking 250-miles around the region raising awareness for those who lack access to sufficient food, but he’s still speaking out. As WXII’s former spokesperson, Harmon stepped down in June when he took on a full time pastorate position at Fulp Moravian in Walnut Cove. On Wednesday, his church hosted the last WXII 12 summer food drive with Second Harvest Food Bank of the season and raised more than $4,100 and close to 2,500 pounds of food.
“It’s a very important cause to me and it reaches a tremendous amount of people in northwest North Carolina,” Harmon said. “WXII has been a great partner and has allowed us the platform to have a positive impact and make our communities a better place.”
The pastor understands what it’s like to be hungry at a young age. His father passed away when he was just nine-years-old and as a young teenager his mother was diagnosed with cancer and unable to work. During those difficult times, Harmon said his church rallied around his family and provided support and when they needed it, food.
“I’ve been there and experienced what folks go through,” he said. “I understand how they feel. But the Lord turned things around in our lives and it felt only right that I do the same for others.”
Harmon has spent the past 15 years serving as spokesperson for the Second Harvest Food Bank with WXII, helping raise awareness and encourage donations at local food bank drives.
Last year, beginning on July 4 he committed to a 250-mile hike stretching 15 miles a day with a goal of raising $3 from 100,000 people along the way. His passion of helping feed the community took him through many of the 18 counties Second Harvest serves.
“I will miss the hike and all of the scenery and people we got to meet, but I won’t miss the aches and pains of having to walk that far,” he said.
Harmon is settling in at Fulp Moravian where he’s pastoring full-time to a congregation averaging close to 90 people each Sunday.
“I prayed a lot about what to do and the Lord sent me to Fulp Moravian. It’s all about doing God’s will,” he said. “The people here are down-to-earth and good-hearted. I enjoy being a good ol’ country preacher to them.”
Robert Money can be reached at 336-749-1193.