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…

After Winter Storms, a Brief Sigh of Relief

As schools finally re-open this week, we’re working hard to make sure the millions of food insecure families affected by the winter storms can begin to recover from almost two weeks of lost meals. One way we do that is by supporting our partner agencies, providing as much food as possible to them so that…

What Snow Days Mean for People Struggling with Hunger

By Earline E. Middleton | VP of Partner Services & Public Policy When winter weather hits, we all feel apprehensive about what the coming days may bring. Families must make arrangements to care for their children when school is canceled or delayed. Businesses close, people stay home. Stories of people cleaning out the milk and…

Helen

What Would You Choose: Medicine or Food?

Choices – we all face them in our lives and some are harder than others. Helen knows all about making difficult choices. Now in her 70s, Helen formerly owned and operated a small business for years until the economy forced her to close the doors. Making final payments to her vendors only added to her…

As Fast As It Comes In, It Goes Out

Meet Miss Katherine and Mr. Levi. They run the Poplar Springs food pantry, one of our partner agencies in Raleigh.  Miss Katherine told us that the line outside the food pantry has increased 75 percent in recent months, and they’ve struggled to provide enough food for everyone who needs it. The pantry already had their…

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…