Making Summer Awesome for Kids in North Carolina

By Gideon Adams, Senior Manager, Programs & Outreach This summer… 6,300 more children could depend on a healthy meal five days a week. 6,300 more children had enough energy to play outside and continue to learn all summer long. 6,300 more children didn’t have to worry about their next meal and could enjoy their summer…


Video: How We Served Hot Meals to Kids This Summer

Over half of all the children in our 34-county service area depend on the meals provided by their school as their primary source of food. While school cafeterias were closed this summer, we served more than 220,000 meals to 5,500 children through our Kids Summer Meals program. At more than 130 churches, schools, community centers,…


Because of Awesome Supporters Like You

What is the impact of your support for the Food Bank? Because of you… We provided more than 45 million meals to food insecure homes across our 34-county service area. We distributed more than 16 million pounds of fresh, nutritious produce to children, families, and seniors in need. We served more than 711,000 meals to children…


Mackenzie Makes an Even Bigger Difference with Her New Pantry

A few weeks ago we told you the story of Mackenzie Hinson, a 10-year-old (who has since turned 11!) that started her own food pantry at her church in Goldsboro. Well, Mackenzie wanted you to know that thanks to tremendous support from her community, she has moved her food pantry to a larger site with…


The Food Bank at New Bern Marks Five Years of Service

Just five years ago, unemployment rates and the price of food and gas skyrocketed as people across the country tried to get back on their feet after the recession. Thousands of families in North Carolina were forced to choose between filling up their gas tank so they could drive to work or buying groceries to feed…


Not Your Average 10-Year-Old

Most 10-year-olds spend their days playing Minecraft and posting selfies on Instagram. But not Mackenzie. Last year Mackenzie Hinson volunteered 1,000 hours of service, divided among a host of different causes. She made care packages for families with seriously ill children. She led a team at a local walk for childhood cancer, making dozens of…


A Letter from Our New Eastern Regional Director

Dear Friend of the Food Bank, I’m Lance Barton, the new Eastern Regional Director at the Food Bank. My family and I recently moved from Northern Virginia to join the Greenville community and serve our neighbors in need through the Food Bank’s Greenville and New Bern Branches. This begins a new chapter in our lives…


This Morning at Breakfast

This morning these children ate their breakfast at a Kids Summer Meals site in Durham. Their favorite part of the meal? Pouring the milk into the cereal. After they finished eating, they got to go outside and play.      


How a Boy Helped Feed His Family

By Tyler Weidig, Kids Summer Meals Program Supervisor A young boy sat quietly at a table as he politely but quickly devoured a sandwich at a small community center in southeast Durham. It was lunchtime and he was out of school for the summer. After he finished his meal, he quietly stood up from the…


Behind-The-Scenes: Getting Food to Hungry Kids

This week marks the beginning of our Kids Summer Meals program, an initiative in partnership with the USDA that feeds children living in food insecure households. This summer we will work hard to help feed 6,000 children at more than 130 Summer Meals sites through partnerships with schools, churches, and youth centers across central & eastern North Carolina.…