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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…

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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.…

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One More Lunch till Summer

By Gideon Adams, Senior Manager of Programs and Outreach   On Monday, many children in school will fidget in their desks, anxiously awaiting their beloved summer break. But 300,000 children across central & eastern North Carolina have something else on their mind: Will my family have enough food to eat this summer? Over half of…

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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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Why Hot Summer Meals are a Big Deal

Driving through Goldsboro, abandoned, broken-down warehouses pass by. It’s a quiet drive, peaceful even. And yet the decaying buildings serve as a reflection, a reminder, of the difficult circumstances that many people struggle with in this city. According to US Census data, 24.6 percent of people in Goldsboro live in poverty, compared to 21 percent…

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Serving More Than a Summer Meal

By Jessica Ledbetter, Outreach Coordinator As the Outreach Coordinator for our Sandhills Branch service area, I work with and support 100 partner agencies in four counties, helping to leverage community relationships of the Food Bank and of the partner agency network to collectively generate and distribute more food to provide to people at risk of hunger.…

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The Problem with Getting Seconds

By Nicole Harris, Summer Food Service Program Supervisor    These days most of my time at work isn’t actually spent at the Food Bank. Instead I’m in the car—my mobile office if you will—driving from one summer feeding site to another. From June through August, our Kids Summer Meals program is in full force. My…

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Kids Summer Meals: Ready to Serve

“A community has got to take care of itself. If we don’t do it, who will?” –Pastor Faye Coates School’s out, and that means we’re gearing up for our Kids Summer Meals Program. We’re busy ordering food and packaging it into breakfast and lunch meals to be distributed to our partner agencies. We’re also working hard…

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Kids Summer Meals: A Program to End Summer Hunger

For the thousands of children who rely on the free and reduced-cost meals at school, summer vacations can seem like a daunting prospect. When they should be anticipating fun and adventure in the warm season, many are worried about where their next meal is coming from instead. For them, no school means no meals. But…

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Hunger Doesn’t Take a Break

Unfortunately Spring Break is not a carefree time for thousands of North Carolina children and their families. When school dismisses for the week, nearly 300,000 children in our 34-county service area lose access to the two meals per day that they usually receive through the free and reduced-cost meal programs. As a result, we often…