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…

Hurricane Matthew Relief

Where can I get food, following Hurricane Matthew?

Since Hurricane Matthew hit, numerous individuals, businesses, and groups have given generously to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. (Here’s how you can help too!) We’re so fortunate to be supported by such a strong community. As we work to get food and basic household items to the people affected by Hurricane Matthew, our…

From left, Fred Hammond, Jackie Poist, Jenny Hively and Dona Bey sort eggs at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern N.C.'s Wilmington branch Tuesday, Sept. 14. The team of volunteers repackages up to 20,000 eggs per week for distribution in the Cape Fear region. Paul Stephen/StarNews

In the News: ‘Unfortunate’ record year

Our Wilmington Branch has accomplished great things in recent years. Creatively packing produce bags with tasty recipes makes it easier for partner agencies to distribute healthy food to families in need. And sorting 25,000 eggs in a single day is no small feat! During the 2015-16 fiscal year, the Wilmington team distributed 7.6 million pounds…

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…

When the Rut is Higher Than Your Head

By Erin O’Donnell, Wilmington Outreach Coordinator On a quiet street a few blocks south from the heart of downtown Wilmington you’ll find Tileston Outreach, one of our partner agencies that gives food, clothes, basic health services, and furniture to 160 people in need every week. When you fall on really hard times, this is the place…

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…

Photo of The Regulars

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…