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The True Cost of Hunger

When a child misses a meal, they feel more than a grumbling stomach. They feel anxious and tired, making it harder for them to concentrate in school. When a child regularly misses meals, they have a higher risk for chronic health conditions, are more likely to require hospitalization, and experience more behavioral issues and emotional…

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Making the Healthy Choice an Easy Choice

By Jessica Ledbetter, Sandhills Branch Outreach Coordinator Cooking can be an intimidating skill to learn, and making nutritious, well-balanced meals every day can be time-consuming. Many of the families we serve work long hours to provide for their children and themselves, sometimes working two or three jobs to pay the bills, and they don’t always…

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When Diabetes Care Comes in a Box

Managing diabetes can be stressful for anyone. But when compounded by food insecurity, it can be even more difficult to adhere to strict dietary guidelines. This chronic medical condition also strains household budgets, forcing many low-income diabetics to choose between healthy food and their life-saving medication. More than a third of the households we serve…

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Child Nutrition is About More Than Food

By Christi Mallasch, Child Nutrition Programs Supervisor at the Food Bank CENC When we think about nutrition, it makes sense that we first think about healthy food. When you are as passionate and focused on a mission as the team here at the Food Bank, it’s easy to fall into the habit of thinking of…

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How You Can Help Ensure Healthy Food For All

Eating healthy food every day is a luxury for over half a million people in Central and Eastern North Carolina. Thousands of working families can’t afford fresh fruit, whole grains, or lean meat rich with protein. When children don’t eat enough nutritious food, it affects their ability to learn new things in school, and they…

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The Best Thing Going On in Warsaw

On the first Tuesday of every month we send a truck full of fresh food to Warsaw Baptist Church, one of our partner agencies in Warsaw. That morning, Pastor David Gasperson, the coordinator of the Warsaw Baptist Church Food Pantry, gathers between 16 and 30 volunteers to put together grocery bags for more than 160 families in…

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New Partnership in Southeast Raleigh Brings More Meals for Families in Need

By Caitlin Cohn, Retail Program Supervisor At the intersection of MLK Jr and Raleigh boulevards, you’ll find a brand new Save-A-Lot grocery store. This neighborhood in southeast Raleigh had been without a supermarket for more than three years after the only one in the area closed. Without access to fresh, affordable food including produce, meat,…

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Patrick’s Food Bank Story

Meet Patrick. He’s the Outreach Coordinator at our Durham Branch and helps coordinate and recruit our partner agencies. Here is his Food Bank story: “Last December I helped organize a Food Lion Feeds mobile food pantry where Food Lion provided fresh food directly to the community right before the holidays. I helped a young lady…

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One Thing We Need to Provide Healthier Food

When you come home from the grocery store, where do you put your perishable food? Could you pick up a gallon of milk, some frozen chicken, or a carton of yogurt without having a refrigerator or freezer at home? As consumers, we know the critical value of having reliable appliances to help us keep food…

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When the Rut is Higher Than Your Head

By Erin O’Donnell, Wilmington Outreach Coordinator On a quiet street a few blocks south from the heart of downtown Wilmington you’ll find Tileston Outreach, one of our partner agencies that gives food, clothes, basic health services, and furniture to 160 people in need every week. When you fall on really hard times, this is the place…