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…

Getting By on Bread and Water

By Zach Nissen, Food Bank Food & Nutrition Services Outreach Coordinator Accepting help can be difficult for a person who has worked their whole life to build a secure future. Like Mary, a 91-year-old widow living in Durham whom I recently met while doing outreach in the community. She broke her hip earlier this year…

What Would You Do if There Just Wasn’t Enough?

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…

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…

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…

The Thing About Living on a Tight Budget

By Earline Middleton, Vice President of Agency Services and Programs In preparation for the FNS Challenge, I carefully planned my meals and shopped for only $4.06 worth of food for each day. I kept my meals simple and stayed under budget. Until my refrigerator broke. The thing about living on such a tight budget is…