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SNAP decisions in Farm Bill have potential to impact future nutrition options for millions

Guest Blog by Seth Palmer │ Food Bank CENC Social Media Ambassador In previous years, the Farm Bill has passed without much consequence. The bill has historically been a bipartisan ‘support and stabilization’ mechanism for the country’s agricultural sector. But it also covers multiple food and nutrition programs under the control of the US Department of Agriculture. In addition…

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Helping youth avoid food insecurity

Food insecurity is a difficult term to understand, as is hunger in the United States – it’s a daunting and persistent crisis. Food insecurity is defined as “the inability to consistently access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for an active and healthy lifestyle.” For example, children and families in food-insecure households often have parents…

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Almost to the limits

Dear Friends, Recently I marked my 20-year anniversary serving the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. I often reflect to the staff how much has changed for the better since I started in 1997 – more staff, more trucks, bigger facilities, increased community support through donations and volunteers. It’s truly stunning to think…

Reaching seniors with nutritious food

Reaching seniors with nutritious food

Nello has lived in Halifax County his entire life – all 84 years. He enjoys life in Enfield, where he fishes, grows tomatoes in the summer, and cooks for his wife Lossie. But like nearly 14% of NC seniors, Nello and Lossie struggle to pay bills and buy the groceries they need. “As long as…

Angie Nesius, Food Bank CENC volunteer

Volunteer Spotlight: Angie Nesius

Angie Nesius has been volunteering with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina since 2016. She lives in Raleigh and works as a medical biller. Rather than sorting food, Angie uses her technological savvy to assist with donor database entry and donor appreciation. How did you first come to be a Food Bank…

Volunteers from 'Life' at Food Bank CENC

Life Corporate Staff Serve at Food Bank

This content originally appeared on Life’s blog, and has been reposted with permission. “A true legacy is established over a lifetime and relates to what a human being does for others, not for himself.” – Bill Courtney Several times a year, the Life World Headquarters in North Carolina makes it a priority to serve and give back to those…

All the tools for a healthy meal

Each week our Allscripts Teaching Kitchen hosts nutrition education cooking classes (taught in both English and Spanish) for low-income families. Many of the women in the classes are single mothers working their way out of very tough situations. When they come to the Food Bank, they learn how to prepare different dishes that include healthy…

8 ways to prevent Heart Disease

February is American Heart Month – and not just the chocolate Valentine’s kind. According to the American Heart Association, “chances are, we all know someone affected by heart disease and stroke, because about 2,300 Americans die of cardiovascular disease each day, an average of 1 death every 38 seconds. But together we can change that! The biggest…

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Lost her job, but not losing hope

Imagine you arrive at work one day to find the doors locked, the windows shuttered, and no one answering the telephone. One day you have a job and a steady paycheck and the next you don’t, with absolutely no notice or time to prepare. That’s what happened to Angie. She showed up at the local…