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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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FNS Challenge: Day 1

This week Food Bank staff and community members are taking the FNS Challenge to get a sense of what life is like for thousands of people in North Carolina that receive FNS benefits and live on just $4.06 worth of food each day. Every day this week we’ll publish a round-up of posts from participants that have chosen…

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Could you live on $4.06 a day?

By Emily Kraft, Nutrition Services Outreach Coordinator We talk a lot about the food we have in our distribution centers and how we provide it to folks in need through our partner agencies. But the truth is food pantries and soup kitchens in our network, while vital to our efforts, are not the first line…

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Behind-The-Scenes: How We Manage 15K Volunteers

    These days, everyone seems to have a busy schedule and coordinating with others can pose a challenge. But imagine planning a schedule for over 15,000 volunteers! That’s the job of our Volunteer Services team Tuesday through Saturday at all six of our branches in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, Sandhills, and Wilmington. This…

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Meet the Man Behind Fresh Food Friday

…and all of those sweet potatoes you had to sort. By Carter Crain, Food Resources Manger If you follow us on Facebook or Twitter, you probably know that every Friday we post a photo of produce that has been donated to the Food Bank, ready to distribute to folks in need. And if you’ve ever…

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Why Hot Summer Meals are a Big Deal

Driving through Goldsboro, abandoned, broken-down warehouses pass by. It’s a quiet drive, peaceful even. And yet the decaying buildings serve as a reflection, a reminder, of the difficult circumstances that many people struggle with in this city. According to US Census data, 24.6 percent of people in Goldsboro live in poverty, compared to 21 percent…

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Serving More Than a Summer Meal

By Jessica Ledbetter, Outreach Coordinator As the Outreach Coordinator for our Sandhills Branch service area, I work with and support 100 partner agencies in four counties, helping to leverage community relationships of the Food Bank and of the partner agency network to collectively generate and distribute more food to provide to people at risk of hunger.…

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The Problem with Getting Seconds

By Nicole Harris, Summer Food Service Program Supervisor    These days most of my time at work isn’t actually spent at the Food Bank. Instead I’m in the car—my mobile office if you will—driving from one summer feeding site to another. From June through August, our Kids Summer Meals program is in full force. My…