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How a Food Pantry Helped Kelly Battle Cancer

Kelly was in a dire situation when she drove into the parking lot of Community Helpers, one of our partner agencies in Knightdale. Fighting cancer for the fourth time, she just endured a surgery that left her barely able to walk. She had a disabled child and grandchildren at home who needed to eat. She had nothing to give them…

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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.…

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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…

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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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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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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…

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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…

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ICYMI: Good Reads on Hunger

In case you missed it: Here are some recent articles covering issues related to food insecurity here in North Carolina and across the country: Overwhelming response for food drive honoring Chapel Hill shooting victims via WNCN Fighting Hunger — moving beyond shame to action via The Herald Sun Lawmakers Propose Fresh Food Oases For North Carolina Food Deserts via WUNC…

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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…