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What Snow Days Mean for People Struggling with Hunger

By Earline E. Middleton, Vice President of Agency Services and Programs When winter weather hits, we all feel apprehensive about what the coming days may bring. Families must make arrangements to care for their children during snow days. Businesses close, people stay home. Stories of people cleaning out the milk and bread aisles at the…

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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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Tackling Hunger from All Sides

In the community we are well known for our ability to provide food to people who live in food insecure households. We work hard to efficiently distribute millions of pounds of food across our region to local partner agencies. But as leaders in hunger relief, we manage and operate many different initiatives aimed at tackling…

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The Story of One Thousand Thanksgivings

  Last month we told you the story of a group of churches in Moore County that come together every year to prepare Thanksgiving meals for kids and their families who receive weekend meals through the BackPack Pals Program at our Sandhills Branch. We told you that this year they expected to provide 900 meals to food…

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What is a partner agency anyway?

A partner agency is our umbrella term for nonprofits such as food pantries, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, senior centers, and other organizations that provide emergency food assistance to people in need. These agencies are on the front lines of hunger, directly providing food and other human services to their community. Across our 34 county service…

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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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5 Questions from the Mayor that You Probably Have, Too

Raleigh Mayor Nancy McFarlane recently visited our Raleigh Branch for the first time. She took a tour, a helpie, and had several questions about the Food Bank. We thought they were too good not to share! 1.      How do you get the food to the kids in the summer? In the summertime, we sponsor the…

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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…