Food Bank Trucks

The Road to the Dinner Table

By Justin Reasoner, Transportation & Raleigh Warehouse Manager When I pull up to work, it’s still dark outside. I walk past our trucks lined up at the docks, being prepped for the day’s routes. Mornings at the Food Bank begin with the operations team. Our drivers are among the first ones in the building, and…

Partner Agency

What is a partner agency anyway?

A partner agency is our umbrella term for nonprofits such as food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, senior centers, and other organizations that provide emergency food assistance to people in need. These agencies are on the front lines of hunger, directly providing food and other human services to their community. Across our 34 county service…

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Taking Hunger Action, One Minute at a Time

By Gregory Ng, Food Bank Social Media Ambassador & CMO of Brooks Bell September is Hunger Action Month. For two years now I have taken action by staying awake for over 24 hours straight, raising money and awareness for hunger relief. And this Friday I will do it again. The third annual #FoodBank24: A New Media…

As Fast As It Comes In, It Goes Out

Meet Miss Katherine and Mr. Levi. They run the Poplar Springs food pantry, one of our partner agencies in Raleigh.  Miss Katherine told us that the line outside the food pantry has increased 75 percent in recent months, and they’ve struggled to provide enough food for everyone who needs it. The pantry already had their…

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What it Feels Like to Bag 176,000 Meals for Families in Need

By Theresa Volney Wilkinson, Cisco Volunteer It is a fact of life that every day, tens of thousands of people in the Raleigh/Durham area – all too many of them children — go to bed hungry. In our country, which is blessed with so much, this is a real tragedy and should never happen. The…

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On Food Insecurity and Why Your Partnership is More Important Than Ever

Hello friends, For 34 years the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina has restored hope, dignity, and a sense of normality to thousands of people through the simple provision of food. We continue to climb this mountain of great need, even as it grows higher and higher in front us. For years we’ve told you…

FNS Challenge

What We Learned from Eating $4.06 a Day

Last week, over 30 Food Bank staff and community members took the FNS Challenge and ate only $4.06 worth of food each day in order to get a sense of what life is like for thousands of people that receive FNS benefits in our region. Read below to hear about Larry’s experience and lessons learned as well…

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The Thing About Living on a Tight Budget

By Earline Middleton, Vice President of Agency Services and Programs In preparation for the FNS Challenge, I carefully planned my meals and shopped for only $4.06 worth of food for each day. I kept my meals simple and stayed under budget. Until my refrigerator broke. The thing about living on such a tight budget is…

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The Hardest Part About Living on #406ADay

For many of our FNS Challenge participants, the most difficult and enlightening aspect of the Challenge and biggest change from their normal lives is the trip to the grocery store. The process takes time, organization, forethought, and quick fingers on the calculator. Check out the links below to read about some experiences preparing for this week’s…

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Protein, Chocolate, and Other Must-Haves in a $4.06 a Day Meal Plan

By Caitlin Cohn, Retail Program Coordinator I think a lot about what I eat. As a vegetarian that works at a food bank, I spend a lot of time thinking about food: What’s in it, the nutritional value, and of course how we can get it to folks in need. But this week my thoughts…