Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

Unwavering in the face of need

Dear Friend of the Food Bank, During times of change our friends and neighbors who are living with food insecurity and who are considered most vulnerable, can feel even more uncertain about what the future may hold for them. Despite many times of change during our 35-year history, the Food Bank, working together with our…

Food Bank CENC’s top 6 moments of 2016

2016 was a banner year for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. From a new building, to a new department, to a new record, here’s 6 moments that stand out from the rest as we look back on 2016. We fed more people than ever before! Our 6 Branches distributed over 64…

Photo of Kelly at Food Pantry

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…

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…

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…

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.…