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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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…

Behind-The-Scenes: Volunteer Services

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…