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Making Summer Awesome for Kids in North Carolina

By Gideon Adams, Senior Manager, Programs & Outreach This summer… 6,300 more children could depend on a healthy meal five days a week. 6,300 more children had enough energy to play outside and continue to learn all summer long. 6,300 more children didn’t have to worry about their next meal and could enjoy their summer…

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Video: How We Served Hot Meals to Kids This Summer

Over half of all the children in our 34-county service area depend on the meals provided by their school as their primary source of food. While school cafeterias were closed this summer, we served more than 220,000 meals to 5,500 children through our Kids Summer Meals program. At more than 130 churches, schools, community centers,…

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Mackenzie Makes an Even Bigger Difference with Her New Pantry

A few weeks ago we told you the story of Mackenzie Hinson, a 10-year-old (who has since turned 11!) that started her own food pantry at her church in Goldsboro. Well, Mackenzie wanted you to know that thanks to tremendous support from her community, she has moved her food pantry to a larger site with…

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Not Your Average 10-Year-Old

Most 10-year-olds spend their days playing Minecraft and posting selfies on Instagram. But not Mackenzie. Last year Mackenzie Hinson volunteered 1,000 hours of service, divided among a host of different causes. She made care packages for families with seriously ill children. She led a team at a local walk for childhood cancer, making dozens of…

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This Morning at Breakfast

This morning these children ate their breakfast at a Kids Summer Meals site in Durham. Their favorite part of the meal? Pouring the milk into the cereal. After they finished eating, they got to go outside and play.      

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How a Boy Helped Feed His Family

By Tyler Weidig, Kids Summer Meals Program Supervisor A young boy sat quietly at a table as he politely but quickly devoured a sandwich at a small community center in southeast Durham. It was lunchtime and he was out of school for the summer. After he finished his meal, he quietly stood up from the…

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Behind-The-Scenes: Getting Food to Hungry Kids

This week marks the beginning of our Kids Summer Meals program, an initiative in partnership with the USDA that feeds children living in food insecure households. This summer we will work hard to help feed 6,000 children at more than 130 Summer Meals sites through partnerships with schools, churches, and youth centers across central & eastern North Carolina.…

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One More Lunch till Summer

By Gideon Adams, Senior Manager of Programs and Outreach   On Monday, many children in school will fidget in their desks, anxiously awaiting their beloved summer break. But 300,000 children across central & eastern North Carolina have something else on their mind: Will my family have enough food to eat this summer? Over half of…

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Moore Co Recognizes a Leader and a Legend

We are thrilled to announce that Linda Hubbard, a former member of the Food Bank team now retired, has received the Governor’s Volunteer Service Award for Moore County. As the Director of the BackPack Pals program for more than ten years, Linda Hubbard provided hunger relief to our most vulnerable students in a county where…

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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…