"Since COVID-19 our small pantry alone is feeding approximately 50 families per week – a 40% increase from our usual number of families."
Pat saw hunger during her career as a registered nurse and now knows how it feels firsthand.
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.
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.
This summer marks the eighth year that the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina has administered Kids Summer Meals programs. We work together with partner agencies across our 34-county service territory to ensure that children in low-income areas continue to receive nutritious meals during long school vacations when they do not have access [...]
“I’m Sarah and I am in the 4th grade. I do well in school and have lots of friends. Usually, I am very outgoing but lately I am quiet and nervous. There are only a few more weeks of school and I am not looking forward to it ending. No school means no food, no [...]
Throughout the school year, the Food Bank manages our Kids Cafe program, which is an after-school program that offers tutoring, nutrition education, mentoring and nutritious meals to children at risk of hunger. Each Kids Cafe site is operated in partnership with a respected community agency to provide the attention and accountability needed to ensure quality [...]
By Gideon Adams, Senior Manager, Programs and Outreach There are lots of reasons for Bradley to feel excited about going to school. He’s five-years-old, and couldn’t wait to start Kindergarten. Like the other kids, he looks forward to reading books with his teacher, making arts and crafts, and playing outside with his friends. But for [...]
By Gideon Adams, Senior Manager, Programs & Outreach This summer… 6,300 more children could depend on a healthy meal five days a week. 6,300 more children had enough energy to play outside and continue to learn all summer long. 6,300 more children didn’t have to worry about their next meal and could enjoy their summer [...]
Over half of all the children in our 34-county service area depend on the meals provided by their school as their primary source of food. While school cafeterias were closed this summer, we served more than 220,000 meals to 5,500 children through our Kids Summer Meals program. At more than 130 churches, schools, community centers, [...]