Photo of Kelly at Food Pantry

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…

Woman Loading Food Into Car

A Woman with a Big Heart

By Zach Nissen, Food & Nutrition Services Outreach Coordinator While visiting one of our partner agencies in Orange County, I saw a woman struggling to pack several bags of food into her car. I approached her and asked if I could help. As I lifted heavy bags of food into her vehicle, she told me…

Sasha’s Thanksgiving Dinner

By Michael Cotten, Director of the Food Bank at Sandhills Sasha comes to the Boys and Girls Club of the Sandhills every day after school. She likes to do arts and crafts, go in the computer lab, and play basketball in the gym. Her favorite part, though, is the warm meal. Sasha, like many of…

How a Food Pantry Turns Tears into Smiles

When you approach The Capital Church Food Pantry in Garner, the warmth of the room pulls you in. Then the volunteers do. “This is a huggin’ bunch!” said Iris Motley, the food pantry coordinator. “We hug everyone who comes in here. Because we don’t just want to feed them, we want to build them up,…

How You Can Help Penny Pay it Forward

Penny Houze has worked as a letter carrier for 26 years and she will proudly tell you so. “I love the people that I come into contact with on the routes. I’ve even delivered mail in a blizzard!” But Penny did not always have a good, steady job to pay for basic necessities such as…

Helen

What Would You Choose: Medicine or Food?

Choices – we all face them in our lives and some are harder than others. Helen knows all about making difficult choices. Now in her 70s, Helen formerly owned and operated a small business for years until the economy forced her to close the doors. Making final payments to her vendors only added to her…

The Day I Found Hunger Close to Home

By Molly Rivera   As a Food Bank staff member, I’ve traveled to many churches, schools, community centers, and food pantries across our 34 county service area to meet people living with food insecurity and help tell the story of hunger in our communities. I’ve visited a Kids Cafe in Rockingham, a food pantry in…