Sue Glovier Teaching Kitchen Celebration & Fundraiser Kick-Off

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Sue Glovier at NC Governor's mansion in RaleighThe future Foothills Food Hub is a vision designed to improve the health outcomes of McDowell County residents. Part of the facility will be a teaching kitchen to get us back to the basics of preparing healthy food at home. The Foothills Food Hub and McDowell Local Food Advisory Council could not be more proud to kick off fundraising efforts to provide more educational programming in foods and nutrition than by officially naming the Sue Glovier Teaching Kitchen on September 30, 2019. Join us from 4 to 6 p.m. at the McDowell Senior Center, 100 Spaulding Road, Marion. Come learn more about the Foothills Food Hub and Teaching Kitchen while we honor Sue Glovier for all her contributions to McDowell County. This event is free, but you can register online.

Sue Glovier has been an instrumental part of our county. It is with honor that we name the Teaching Kitchen in the Foothills Food Hub after her. She has served Old Fort and McDowell County throughout her life. She was awarded the 2013 Governor’s Medallion Award for Volunteer Service, a volunteer service award for the top volunteers in the state. Much of that honor is due to her work with the Extension Community Association as well as other community service efforts. If you have been living in McDowell County for a while, it’s fair to say that you have probably eaten a meal prepared by Sue Glovier. You will find her involved with reunions, McDowell Hospice, Senior Home-bound Meals, Christmas Depot meals, Pioneer Days, Oktoberfest, 4-H clubs, and other Extension events.

Sue’s working days were spent with McDowell County Schools until she retired in 1995. She started in 1950 and taught Biology and Home Economics in North Cove. Her next endeavor was to lead the Vocational Home Economics Department at Old Fort Vocational School in 1957. She stayed there until opening the Child Development Center at the High School in 1992. It was in 1993 that she made the switch to become Director of Food Services for McDowell County Schools. She held that position until she retired. Food, eating healthy, and helping others learn how to prepare healthy meals has always been part of Sue’s life. Given that history , allowing for the teaching kitchen to be in her name will continue Sue’s contribution to families learning to prepare and experience healthy meals far into the future.

The Foothills Food Hub and the Sue Glovier Teaching Kitchen will continue a tradition of helping McDowell County support local agriculture and foods while increasing county residents’ skills in preparing and preserving local, healthy foods for their families. This creates a stronger, more vibrant community.

As Sue said, “If you don’t use your life to help others, there’s not much to enjoy of it. McDowell County has been good to me. I want to give back to my own community. There’s something out there for every one of us to do”.

Help us make this vision of a community-focused teaching and education kitchen a reality in Sue’s honor. Come celebrate Sue Glovier and kick off our campaign for a nutrition education program that is focused on teaching skills in the kitchen in order to improve our families’ health and well-being.

Plaque presentation to Sue Glovier for volunteer service