Reflecting on our 40th Anniversary

Food Bank 40th Anniversary
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:


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.


The Sandhills Branch opened.


The Food Bank distributed its one millionth pound of food.


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


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


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


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


The Food Bank distributed its 20 millionth pound of food.


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


The Food Bank partnered with its 500th partner agency.


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


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


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.


 Wilmington became an official Food Bank Branch.


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


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


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


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.


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


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.


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.


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 Member Of The Year


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.