Patrick

Helping youth avoid food insecurity

Food insecurity is a difficult term to understand, as is hunger in the United States – it’s a daunting and persistent crisis. Food insecurity is defined as “the inability to consistently access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for an active and healthy lifestyle.” For example, children and families in food-insecure households often have parents…

All the tools for a healthy meal

Each week our Allscripts Teaching Kitchen hosts nutrition education cooking classes (taught in both English and Spanish) for low-income families. Many of the women in the classes are single mothers working their way out of very tough situations. When they come to the Food Bank, they learn how to prepare different dishes that include healthy…

Angie

Lost her job, but not losing hope

Imagine you arrive at work one day to find the doors locked, the windows shuttered, and no one answering the telephone. One day you have a job and a steady paycheck and the next you don’t, with absolutely no notice or time to prepare. That’s what happened to Angie. She showed up at the local…

Lee, of Williams Grove Baptist Church in Raleigh

Hunger Heroes among us: Lee

Lee is a soft-spoken man with a great taste in hats, and an even greater sense of purpose when it comes to caring for his community. He and his wife are in charge of the food pantry at William’s Grove Baptist Church in southeast Raleigh. Twice a week they come to the Food Bank’s Raleigh…

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…