Bananas at the grocery store

10 things I learned eating on $4.70 per day

By Matt Kopac │Guest Blogger Food Bank CENC During this season of gratitude, I undertook the SNAP Benefits Challenge to reflect upon the reality of food insecurity and the importance of organizations like the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina in preventing hunger in our community. For three weeks I fed myself with…

President/CEO Peter Werbicki on SNAP

Every day at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a little different. We never know who will walk through our doors in need of food, education and community connections, or support with state and federal benefits. We recently heard from Laura, a single mom whose work hours had been cut, but…

Why You Should Take Our Hunger Challenge

By Emily Kraft, Nutrition Services Outreach Coordinator in Wilmington In my job, I meet, talk to, and help people every day. Seniors, parents, students, people between jobs or those trying to hold down three different jobs. I meet them because I want to help them apply to receive some extra money to buy food. The…

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…

The Hardest Part About Living on #406ADay

For many of our FNS Challenge participants, the most difficult and enlightening aspect of the Challenge and biggest change from their normal lives is the trip to the grocery store. The process takes time, organization, forethought, and quick fingers on the calculator. Check out the links below to read about some experiences preparing for this week’s…