President/CEO Peter Werbicki on SNAP

Every day at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a little different. We never know who will walk through our doors in need of food, education and community connections, or support with state and federal benefits. We recently heard from Laura, a single mom whose work hours had been cut, but…

Thousands of Seniors Suffer Silently

By Zach Nissen, Food & Nutrition Services Outreach Coordinator When I travel across the Food Bank’s 34 county service area, I hear a lot of “No.” Do you receive food stamps? No. Do you want to see if you’re eligible for them? No. As a Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) Outreach Coordinator at the Food…

Hunger Challenge: Preparing for $4.21 a Day

This week Food Bank staff and community members are taking the Hunger Challenge to get a sense of what life is like for thousands of people in North Carolina that receive FNS benefits and live on just $4.21 worth of food each day. Every day this week we’ll publish a round-up of posts and photos from participants…

Why You Should Take Our Hunger Challenge

By Emily Kraft, Nutrition Services Outreach Coordinator in Wilmington In my job, I meet, talk to, and help people every day. Seniors, parents, students, people between jobs or those trying to hold down three different jobs. I meet them because I want to help them apply to receive some extra money to buy food. The…

Five Big Goals for 2015

We told you about what we accomplished in 2014. Here’s what we’re working on this year:   Distribute between 50-52 million pounds of food That’s more than 140,000 meals a day! Our fleet of 19 trucks expects to travel over 500,000 miles and deliver 26 tractor trailers full of food every week. Food Bank staff…

What We Learned from Eating $4.06 a Day

Last week, over 30 Food Bank staff and community members took the FNS Challenge and ate only $4.06 worth of food each day in order to get a sense of what life is like for thousands of people that receive FNS benefits in our region. Read below to hear about Larry’s experience and lessons learned as well…