After volunteering across the country, Kat & Bert wanted to help neighbors in need in their home community. The Food Bank is just what they were looking for!
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Overall food insecurity has gone down, but 2 very important populations have not improved: our children and the senior citizens in our community.
“My precious mother worked faithfully at a job that, despite her best efforts, could not provide all we needed. Many nights I cried myself to sleep because I was hungry.”
Since 1998, the Food Bank's Fresh Produce Program has provided fresh local produce to neighbors in need while helping farmers recoup costs from food that is edible but not sellable.
The adults watched as the brother took a meal for himself but was not eating it. When asked if anything was wrong with the food, the boy responded no, but that he needed to save it for his other younger sister, who was at home.
Raleigh Moravian Church has a long history of giving to the Food Bank. “We understand that feeding people takes both food and money, and that this is a never-ending ministry,” said Jami Vandock, Director of Christian Education.
The first time Shannon received help with food, she was 8 years old. Now she is a middle school teacher and has students who arrive every day hungry. “It is your first worry every day as a teacher,” she says.
Food Bank supporter Denise had her first experience with hunger at age 3. Today, she has a message for donors.
Our local network of Partner Agency food pantries in Jones County are still closed due to damage form Florence. So for the first time in FBCENC's nearly 40-year history, we are operating our own pantry.
President/CEO Peter Werbicki: Every year, we take this opportunity to thank you. But as I am sure you well know, this year has been harder.