ECU Students Nicole & Lizzie organized their fellow Pirates to volunteer

Hundreds volunteer at Food Bank CENC Branches on MLK Day

Activity round-up from our Greenville, Raleigh, and Durham Branches: For most Americans, Martin Luther King Day is a day off from work and school. But for hundreds of our volunteers, it’s a day to roll up their sleeves and head to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina to help feed their friends and…

Three Kids Who Are Especially Awesome

What motivates people to volunteer? Many feel compassion, a sense of community, and a desire to give to those less fortunate than themselves. We are continually in awe of our volunteers as they give up their free time, and instead work hard to help someone they will likely never meet. So you can imagine our amazement when…

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…

How a Boy Helped Feed His Family

By Tyler Weidig, Kids Summer Meals Program Supervisor A young boy sat quietly at a table as he politely but quickly devoured a sandwich at a small community center in southeast Durham. It was lunchtime and he was out of school for the summer. After he finished his meal, he quietly stood up from the…

One More Lunch till Summer

By Gideon Adams, Senior Manager of Programs and Outreach   On Monday, many children in school will fidget in their desks, anxiously awaiting their beloved summer break. But 300,000 children across central & eastern North Carolina have something else on their mind: Will my family have enough food to eat this summer? Over half of…

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How Our Volunteers Feed Local Families

Last week we had the honor to celebrate our wonderful volunteers during National Volunteer Appreciation Week. Without the hard work of dedicated and compassionate individuals, families, and corporate groups, we could not provide food to thousands of food insecure households in our service area. Our army of volunteers almost double our workforce, adding the equivalent of…