Volunteering at the Food Bank: Why it Matters to Me

By Jennifer Spencer, Social Media Ambassador for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC   September is Hunger Action Month. When I say that, you might be conjuring up an image of a hollow-cheeked, wide-eyed child with dirt on her face, looking sadly into a camera. And yes, hunger certainly can look like that.…

Hunger Matters to Me Because…

In honor of Hunger Action Month, we asked Food Bank staff members why hunger mattered to them. Here are some of their responses for why they work hard every day: Hunger Matters to me because… “We’re here to serve our families, friends, and neighbors in need.” “216,667 children should not be hungry.” “I get to…

Because of Awesome Supporters Like You

What is the impact of your support for the Food Bank? Because of you… We provided more than 45 million meals to food insecure homes across our 34-county service area. We distributed more than 16 million pounds of fresh, nutritious produce to children, families, and seniors in need. We served more than 711,000 meals to children…

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…

Photo of a senior at a food pantry

Why We Need to #SolveSeniorHunger

“It’s hard to be old. It’s harder to be old and poor. And it’s even harder than that to be old, poor, and sick.” –Ms. Claudette, Bread For Life food pantry Food insecurity affects people of all ages. But unique dietary needs related to aging, medical conditions, and impeded mobility make seniors particularly vulnerable to…

How You Can Help Penny Pay it Forward

Penny Houze has worked as a letter carrier for 26 years and she will proudly tell you so. “I love the people that I come into contact with on the routes. I’ve even delivered mail in a blizzard!” But Penny did not always have a good, steady job to pay for basic necessities such as…