Roberta shares hope 20 years after needing Food Bank

Upon her visit to the Food Bank's new Capital Blvd. facility, Roberta points to herself in a photo from the 1997 grand opening of the Tarheel Drive facility.

While visiting the Food Bank’s new Capital Blvd. facility, Roberta points to herself in a photo from the 1997 grand opening of the Tarheel Drive facility.

Roberta was living in Ohio in 1995 when she decided to pack up her three small children and move back to her native North Carolina to escape a dangerous marriage. When Roberta moved, all she had to her name was a ten-year-old car and the belongings she could fit inside it.

Despite having a Bachelor’s Degree and a wealth of work experience, Roberta could not find a good paying job when she returned to the Triangle. Like so many of our friends and neighbors, unfortunate circumstances placed Roberta in a position of not knowing where her family’s next meal would come from. So Roberta turned to the Food Bank to help feed herself and her children during this tough time. As she left, the staff said “Don’t forget us!” And although Roberta didn’t need our help again, she also didn’t forget.

Roberta came back to the Food Bank with her church group to volunteer. She also told her story at the 1997 grand opening for the Food Bank’s Tarheel Drive facility. Roberta went on to teach high school equivalency and English Language programs at the Wake Tech facility at 1924 Capital Boulevard. After Wake Tech moved to their new facility, Roberta drove by 1924 Capital Boulevard wondering who the new tenant would be. Little did she know that Food Bank CENC bought and renovated the building!

When the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina sign went up over the front door, Roberta decided to visit the place that helped her get on her feet more than 20 years before. With a renewed spirit, she came back to see the Food Bank staff, and reflected on her journey.

“I had a lot of tools in my tool box, I was going to make it… I knew I could get some help and get on my feet,” she said. Roberta’s rise is proof that a little bit of hope and help from the Food Bank can make all the difference.


There are thousands in our area that need just a little bit of hope this holiday season. Your donation today can help the Food Bank provide meals to children, families, and seniors. Thank you for your support.