From left, Fred Hammond, Jackie Poist, Jenny Hively and Dona Bey sort eggs at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern N.C.'s Wilmington branch Tuesday, Sept. 14. The team of volunteers repackages up to 20,000 eggs per week for distribution in the Cape Fear region. Paul Stephen/StarNews

In the News: ‘Unfortunate’ record year

Our Wilmington Branch has accomplished great things in recent years. Creatively packing produce bags with tasty recipes makes it easier for partner agencies to distribute healthy food to families in need. And sorting 25,000 eggs in a single day is no small feat! During the 2015-16 fiscal year, the Wilmington team distributed 7.6 million pounds…

Food Lion's Great Pantry Makeover at Baker Family Ministries

Pantry facelift helps community, inspires volunteers

By Caitlin Cohn, Retail Program Supervisor There are many parts of my job as the Retail Program Supervisor that I find rewarding, but nothing is more rewarding than days when our retail partners, Food Bank CENC staff, and a hardworking agency come together to feed those in need within our community. On September 20th and…

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Food Banks Join Together to Serve the NC Coast in a Disaster

By Jennifer Caslin, Communications Supervisor   You may remember that the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina received a grant last summer from the Allstate Foundation (through Feeding America), to develop a joint disaster plan with the Food Bank of the Albemarle. (You can check out that blog post here.) The point of…

Back 2 School Bash at Covenant Life Church in Cary

Food Bank CENC helps kids go back to school

By Lindsay Humbert, Digital Media Specialist When the summer heat (finally!) starts to break, that means one thing in North Carolina: Back to School. In the hunger relief world, we know that’s a good thing. Nearly 300,000 children in our 34-county service area rely on the free and reduced-cost meals at school to get them…

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In The News: Until school starts, summer meals continue

This summer marks the eighth year that the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina has administered Kids Summer Meals programs. We work together with partner agencies across our 34-county service territory to ensure that children in low-income areas continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations when they do not have access…

Food Resources Manager, Carter Crain, has won the 2016 Eastern Region Food Sourcing Leader of the Year award

Food Bank’s Carter Crain named 2016 Eastern Region Food Sourcing Leader of the Year

By Caitlin Cohn, Retail Program Supervisor and Lindsay Humbert, Digital Media Specialist The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is proud to report that our very own Food Resources Manager, Carter Crain, has won the 2016 Eastern Region Food Sourcing Leader of the Year award! Carter was honored at the 2016 Food Sourcing…

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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…