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Growing Hope

Down a quiet street just outside of historic downtown New Bern, volunteers patrol tidy rows of collard greens, potatoes, broccoli, and beans. Every Tuesday for the past four years, a group of six Master Gardeners have volunteered their time and skills to cultivate our New Bern Branch’s blooming garden. For them, Tuesdays are “plantin’ days,…

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ICYMI: Good Reads on Hunger

In case you missed it: Here are some recent articles covering issues related to food insecurity here in North Carolina and across the country: Overwhelming response for food drive honoring Chapel Hill shooting victims via WNCN Fighting Hunger — moving beyond shame to action via The Herald Sun Lawmakers Propose Fresh Food Oases For North Carolina Food Deserts via WUNC…

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Food Bank Spotlight: 2015 Hunt-Morgridge Awardee, Ash Pipkin

Meet Ash. The Food Bank is honoring his lifetime of service to our community with our 2015 Hunt-Morgridge Award. Read on to hear his story. About the Hunt-Morgridge Award: This award recognizes extraordinary leadership and dedication to hunger relief efforts. The Food Bank instituted the award in the name of The Honorable James B. Hunt, Jr., former…

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After Winter Storms, a Brief Sigh of Relief

As schools finally re-open this week, we’re working hard to make sure the millions of food insecure families affected by the winter storms can begin to recover from almost two weeks of lost meals. One way we do that is by supporting our partner agencies, providing as much food as possible to them so that…

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What Snow Days Mean for People Struggling with Hunger

By Earline E. Middleton, Vice President of Agency Services and Programs When winter weather hits, we all feel apprehensive about what the coming days may bring. Families must make arrangements to care for their children during snow days. Businesses close, people stay home. Stories of people cleaning out the milk and bread aisles at the…

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Born in Crisis, Greenville Branch Continues to Serve Urgent Need

By Christal Andrews, Outreach Coordinator at the Greenville Branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC   1999 was a historic year for the Food Bank. We opened our very first branch in Durham, bringing us to three total branches across central North Carolina. We opened our first Child Nutrition Program to serve…

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Throwback Thursday to Our First Child Nutrition Program

The very first child nutrition program we opened to serve local kids in need was an after-school program on Avent Ferry Road in Raleigh. Our after-school program for kids called Kids Cafe began in 1999 with 5 Kids Cafe sites thanks to founding partner Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. The program now supports 30 Kids…

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Five Big Goals for 2015

We told you about what we accomplished in 2014. Here’s what we’re working on this year:   Distribute between 50-52 million pounds of food That’s more than 140,000 meals a day! Our fleet of 19 trucks expects to travel over 500,000 miles and deliver 26 tractor trailers full of food every week. Food Bank staff…

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Our Raleigh Branch on the Move

You may have heard that we need a new building for our Raleigh distribution center. Here’s some more information about how our Raleigh Branch works and why we are looking for a larger space. Six days a week, Food Bank staff and volunteers buzz around our Raleigh distribution center on Tarheel drive, working safely and…

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Food Bank Best of 2014

This past year, we achieved so much together. We distributed more food, helped more kids grow healthy and strong, and raised awareness of food insecurity in central & eastern North Carolina. Here are the Food Bank highlights from 2014: We launched a blog, without which we couldn’t bring you this awesome post. We partnered with an elementary…