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