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The True Cost of Hunger

When a child misses a meal, they feel more than a grumbling stomach. They feel anxious and tired, making it harder for them to concentrate in school. When a child regularly misses meals, they have a higher risk for chronic health conditions, are more likely to require hospitalization, and experience more behavioral issues and emotional…

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How You Can Help Ensure Healthy Food For All

Eating healthy food every day is a luxury for over half a million people in Central and Eastern North Carolina. Thousands of working families can’t afford fresh fruit, whole grains, or lean meat rich with protein. When children don’t eat enough nutritious food, it affects their ability to learn new things in school, and they…

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Growing Hope

Down a quiet street just outside of historic downtown New Bern, volunteers patrol tidy rows of collard greens, potatoes, broccoli, and beans. Every Tuesday for the past four years, a group of six Master Gardeners have volunteered their time and skills to cultivate our New Bern Branch’s blooming garden. For them, Tuesdays are “plantin’ days,…

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…

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…