Path to Ending Hunger Podcast

Forty years ago this fall, the founders of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina came together to make sure that people in our part of the state would never go hungry. Today, that commitment is stronger than ever. Through this podcast you’ll meet our leaders, our staff, our volunteers, who share the same vision: to help people when they need it, and to work to ensure that they don’t. Hosted by ABC11 anchors Tisha Powell and Amber Rupinta.

The first episode premieres on September 30, with new episodes dropping every Wednesday after through November 4.

Listen on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Stitcher, and TuneIn. You can also view the podcasts on our YouTube Channel.

Episode One – “How Do We Do This?”

The Food Bank’s first Executive Director Barbara Oates recounts the beginning of the organization while current President Peter Werbicki talks about the growth in need over the years and how we have adapted to meet it and build solutions to ultimately end hunger.

Episode Two – In Times of Disaster

Disaster relief has become a large part of the Food Bank’s work, especially in the last five years. This episode highlights the coordination and collaboration needed to provide food and non-food essentials during times of crisis. Guests: Caroline Farmer, Executive Director of Governor Cooper’s Office on Volunteerism and Community Service and Larry Morris, Director of Partner Services, Food Bank.

Episode Three – The Farmer and the Food Bank

The Food Bank distributes millions of pounds of food each year, a majority of which includes perishable items like produce, meat, and dairy. Guest Carter Crain, Director of Food Partnerships for the Food Bank and Bill Hering of Hering Farms in Faison, NC, discuss where the food comes from and getting creative when sourcing food.

Episode Four – Partnership Power

The Food Bank’s Partner Agencies are on the front lines of food distribution, ensuring essential food and other supplies reach our friends and neighbors. In this episode, we spotlight the partners who nourish people every day and go above and beyond to work with us on building solutions to end hunger. Guests: Earline Middleton, Vice President of Partner Services & Public Policy for the Food Bank and Michael Burger, Board Chair at Tri-Area Ministry Food Pantry in Wake Forest, NC.

Episode Five – Getting to the Root Causes of Hunger

What will it take to end hunger? In episode 5 of Path to Ending Hunger, we outline just a few of the solutions we have worked to develop alongside fellow community partners to address the root causes of hunger. Guests: Gideon Adams, Vice President of Community Health & Engagement for the Food Bank and Willis Wong, Vice President at Root Causes at Duke University.

Episode Six – Empowering Communities

In the final episode of Path to Ending Hunger our guests are Milagros Guzman, Outreach Coordinator, and Jessica Slider Whichard, Director of Communications, both with the Food Bank. They talk about how the Food Bank is reaching underserved communities and what the future looks like for our organization and hunger relief.