Reflecting on our 40th Anniversary

Food Bank - 40 Years; Fortieth Anniversary Logo
2020 marks the Food Bank’s 40th anniversary
of serving communities with food for daily nourishment, supplies during disasters, programs that serve families, and education. As our founders did in 1980, with just a card table and a telephone, we continue to work every day to ensure no one goes hungry. Today, we provide these resources and services in more than a third of our state.

We are honored and humbled to be trusted stewards of the resources and relationships that allow us to operate, serving people facing hunger when they need it most. It is truly thanks to all of you- our partners in ending hunger– and the dedicated work of our staff that we’ve made progress in meeting people where they are to get the services they need.

Together, we will continue the work of nourishing people, building solutions to hunger, and empowering communities to ensure that we won’t have to be doing this work 40 years from now.

How the Food Bank has made an impact over 40 years:

Black and White; Ribbon cutting at Food Bank Opening Ceremony in 1980


The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, then called Community Food Bank of NC, opened in Cary, becoming the first Food Bank in the state.

Exterior of Sandhills Branch. Black & white photo of paneled building with white sign reading Food Bank


The Sandhills Branch opened.

Black and White; Woman labeling a can of yams in 1982


The Food Bank distributed its one millionth pound of food.

Black and White; 3 People walk through new warehouse surrounded by stacked boxes in 1983


The Food Bank moved to a 10,000 square foot facility on Sunrise Avenue in Raleigh.

Second Harvest Logo


Became a member of Second Harvest (now Feeding America).

News Reporter Interviewing 2 Volunteers at first Heart of the Carolinas food drive


ABC11 held the first Heart of Carolina food drive, now ABC11 Together Food Drive.

Black and white photo; Man pulling pallet jack stacked with boxes through a warehouse in 1990


The Food Bank moved to a 36,000 square foot facility on Beryl Road in Raleigh.

Box filled with non-perishables including soup, apple sauce, and peanut butter


The Food Bank distributed its 20 millionth pound of food.

2 individuals sitting in large boxes filled to the brim with cans


The first Hunger Relief Day at the NC State Fair collected more than 200,000 pounds of food.

5 individuals gathered in a small pantry surrounded by bins of produce and shelved staple items


The Food Bank partnered with its 500th partner agency.

Crowd of people seated in front of a dedication ceremony at the Jack and Mary Hofler Building - Balloons and boxes of food line the stage


The Food Bank moved to a 40,000 square foot facility on Tarheel Drive, where it stayed for almost 20 years.

A bridge broken into pieces scattered around a river bank.


The Food Bank distributed more than 5.4 million pounds of food for Hurricane Floyd disaster relief.

3 girls smiling at a Kids Cafe


The Kids Cafe Program, an after-school program for children at risk of hunger, launched throughout the Food Bank’s 34-county service area.

Greenville and Durham
Branches opened.

Exterior of the Wilmington Branch, truck backed up to the loading dock, white Food Bank sign out front


 Wilmington became an official Food Bank Branch.

Brown Food Bank logo with a map of North Carolina and the Food Bank's service area shaded in green


The Food Bank changed its name to better reflect the service area.

Man carries box of food and cleaning supplies from a stack of supplies out to a car following Hurricane Katrina


The Food Bank distributed 233,000 pounds of food and supplies to Hurricane Katrina disaster relief efforts.

Small girl holding a cheese stick pushes her sunglasses up the bridge of her nose


Kids Summer Stock, now Stop Summer Hunger, launched to provide meals to children who are out of school for the summer.

Governor James Hunt and John P Mordridge with smiling with plaques surrounded by 2 others


The Food Bank marked 30 years of fighting hunger and held its first Evening of Appreciation, honoring Governor James B. Hunt, Jr. and John P. Morgridge.

The Food Bank opened its sixth branch in New Bern.

Woman and child sitting together laughing, the child with an orange slice


The Food Bank launched our Benefits Outreach Program as another way to connect families with food.

President and CEO with 2 staff cut a large red ribbon with oversized scissors


The Food Bank moved to a 108,000 square foot facility on Capital Boulevard in Raleigh, more than doubling its space.

The Food Bank provided 4 million pounds of disaster relief to 25 counties following Hurricane Matthew.

Man hands a bag of food through the window to a man in his car


Hurricane Florence made landfall on the NC coast, bringing 8 trillion gallons of rain, creating a 10-foot storm surge, and unprecedented flooding. The Food Bank distributed 15 million pounds of disaster relief, the biggest disaster response in its history.

Our Mission Nourish People. Build solutions. Empower Communities. Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina


In its evolving approach to the work of ending hunger, the Food Bank launched an updated brand, including a new mission and logo, adding a vision.

Feeding America's 2020 Member of the Year, exterior of Raleigh Warehouse with logo


The Food Bank was named Feeding America’s Member Of The Year! We were chosen for our focus on engaging with key partners, empowering neighbors with resources to make nutritious choices, and supporting other food banks in times of disaster.