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…

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 Our Volunteers Feed Local Families

Last week we had the honor to celebrate our wonderful volunteers during National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Without the hard work of dedicated and compassionate individuals, families, and corporate groups, we could not provide food to thousands of food insecure households in our service area. Our army of volunteers almost double our workforce, adding the equivalent of…

Behind-The-Scenes: How We Manage 15K Volunteers

    These days, everyone seems to have a busy schedule and coordinating with others can pose a challenge. But imagine planning a schedule for over 15,000 volunteers! That’s the job of our Volunteer Services team Tuesday through Saturday at all six of our branches in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, Sandhills, and Wilmington. This…

An Idea from NetApp on How to Stop Summer Hunger

Many families look forward to summer—a season filled with cookouts, trips to the beach, and relaxation. For a lot of kids it means three blissful months without school, with their carefree days spent playing with friends. But for almost 300,000 children in our 34 county service area, no school means no meals. Summertime means playing…

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National Volunteer Week: Turning selfies into helpies

National Volunteer Week (April 6-12, 2014) is a special opportunity for folks to engage with their community and help their neighbors in need. It’s also an annual celebration of all the wonderful volunteers that make a difference in the lives of so many. We love our volunteers so much that for us, every week is…