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Food Bank of Central/Eastern North Carolina

Information from Summer 2018 Newsletter ...

The need for food in our community never takes us by surprise, particularly in the summer. Right now, in our 34-county service area, thousands of families are worrying about how they will make ends meet this summer. Kids out of school means increased child care costs; hot weather means electric bills skyrocket; and nearly 300,000 children will not be receiving the breakfast and lunch they normally receive through the free or reduced-cost meal program at school.

These children are included in the more than 600,000 who are already struggling to put nutritious food on the table. These are parents who, despite having jobs, still can’t guarantee their paychecks will cover the food budget. These are grandparents who take on the responsibility of raising a grandchild, which means monthly food needs have doubled with no increase in income.

As an organization, we push ourselves almost to the limits to make sure these folks can put meals on the table. But it would be an impossible task without your support, and that support is critically important during this time of the year.

To help support these children and their families, the Food Bank’s focus will turn to our annual Stop Summer Hunger initiative, to raise awareness, funds, and food for those in need. Families will need to visit our partners more this summer, and we at the Food Bank need to make sure pantry shelves are stocked, and that fresh meats and produce will be available.

Let’s come together to ensure our friends and neighbors have healthy meals all summer long. With your support, we can work toward a day when no one, especially a child, goes hungry.

Our overhead is only 3% - which means that 97 cents of every dollar goes directly to feeding our hungry neighbors.

More information or to donate: http://www.foodbankcenc.org/ or call (919) 956-2513.

Peter Werbicki

President & CEOFood Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

BackPack Pals

Meets third Wednesday of every month (ex. December), 1:00 p.m. at Beulah Baptist Association, corner of Morgan St and Long Ave. Coordinate with WB Robert Allen, PM.

BackPack Pals began in 2005 with a vision to address the needs of children who often don’t have enough to eat over the weekend. In other areas, it may be known as 'Weekend Power Pack,' but it is the same program.