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A Day in the Life of a Food Bank Volunteer

By Dave Minnich, Food Bank Volunteer and NetApp Employee 5:25 AM: My alarm goes off for the first time… UGH! I know many folks are early risers, but I am definitely not one of them. But today is different. Today is the day of the Kids Summer Meals packing event at NetApp RTP! Kids Summer…

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Let Me Tell You a Story About Summertime

By Gideon Adams, Senior Manager of Programs and Outreach “I’m Sarah and I am in the 4th grade. I do well in school and have lots of friends. Usually, I am very outgoing but lately I am quiet and nervous. There are only a few more weeks of school and I am not looking forward…

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The Pork Chop Story

As the coordinator of a food pantry in rural eastern North Carolina, Dianne Andrews meets a lot of seniors living on small fixed incomes. But one story has stuck with her. One day Dianne got a call from her Aunt, who knew of an older adult who wasn’t eating anything because she couldn’t afford more…

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Thousands of Seniors Suffer Silently

By Zach Nissen, Food & Nutrition Services Outreach Coordinator When I travel across the Food Bank’s 34 county service area, I hear a lot of “No.” Do you receive food stamps? No. Do you want to see if you’re eligible for them? No. As a Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) Outreach Coordinator at the Food…

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The Power of Grandma’s Cooking

Grandparents hold a special place in our heart, especially when it comes to food. Many of us have memories of grandma’s cooking, always delicious and made with love. Grandmas around the world have served as sources of never-ending culinary knowledge, using their skills and family recipes to feed the people in their care. As their…

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Kids Cafe Programs Stand Out in the Community

Throughout the school year, the Food Bank manages our Kids Cafe program, which is an after-school program that offers tutoring, nutrition education, mentoring and nutritious meals to children at risk of hunger. Each Kids Cafe site is operated in partnership with a respected community agency to provide the attention and accountability needed to ensure quality…

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Feeding People Ain’t for Wimps

By Mari Carl Duffer, Food Resource Coordinator One of our volunteers once said to me, “Farming ain’t for wimps.” Ain’t that the truth! After spending three years farming with a small nonprofit, I know the hard work farmers put into growing their crops. I know what it takes to feed a community. Across central and…

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Three Kids Who Are Especially Awesome

What motivates people to volunteer? Many feel compassion, a sense of community, and a desire to give to those less fortunate than themselves. We are continually in awe of our volunteers as they give up their free time, and instead work hard to help someone they will likely never meet. So you can imagine our amazement when…

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Food Bank Feeds More Than Families

By Ilina Ewen, Social Media Ambassador for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC When I was little and didn’t finish my dinner, my parents would tell me about the starving children in India. I would push my plate away and petulantly exclaim, “Put this in an envelope and mail it to them!” I…

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How a Food Pantry Helped Kelly Battle Cancer

Kelly was in a dire situation when she drove into the parking lot of Community Helpers, one of our partner agencies in Knightdale. Fighting cancer for the fourth time, she just endured a surgery that left her barely able to walk. She had a disabled child and grandchildren at home who needed to eat. She had nothing to give them…