2 07, 2015

This Morning at Breakfast

2015-07-02T11:23:49-04:00

This morning these children ate their breakfast at a Kids Summer Meals site in Durham. Their favorite part of the meal? Pouring the milk into the cereal. After they finished eating, they got to go outside and play. A boy finishes his cereal while sitting next to his brother at a Kids Summer Meals site. [...]

This Morning at Breakfast2015-07-02T11:23:49-04:00
24 06, 2015

How a Boy Helped Feed His Family

2015-06-24T16:10:56-04:00

By Tyler Weidig, Kids Summer Meals Program Supervisor A young boy sat quietly at a table as he politely but quickly devoured a sandwich at a small community center in southeast Durham. It was lunchtime and he was out of school for the summer. After he finished his meal, he quietly stood up from the [...]

How a Boy Helped Feed His Family2015-06-24T16:10:56-04:00
11 06, 2015

Behind-The-Scenes: Getting Food to Hungry Kids

2015-06-11T20:53:44-04:00

This week marks the beginning of our Kids Summer Meals program, an initiative in partnership with the USDA that feeds children living in food insecure households. This summer we will work hard to help feed 6,000 children at more than 130 Summer Meals sites through partnerships with schools, churches, and youth centers across central & eastern North Carolina. [...]

Behind-The-Scenes: Getting Food to Hungry Kids2015-06-11T20:53:44-04:00
7 06, 2015

One More Lunch till Summer

2015-06-07T20:01:48-04:00

On the final day of the school year, many children in school will fidget in their desks, anxiously awaiting their beloved summer break. But 175,000 children across central & eastern North Carolina have something else on their mind: Will my family have enough food to eat this summer? Just over 300,000 (1 in 5) children in our 34 county service area depend on the meals provided by their school as their primary source of food. For so many of them, the breakfast served in their classroom, the free meal at lunchtime, and the two days worth of food given to them every Friday are a lifeline.

One More Lunch till Summer2015-06-07T20:01:48-04:00
29 01, 2015

Throwback Thursday to Our First Child Nutrition Program

2015-01-29T16:55:25-05:00

The very first child nutrition program we opened to serve local kids in need was an after-school program on Avent Ferry Road in Raleigh. Our after-school program for kids called Kids Cafe began in 1999 with 5 Kids Cafe sites thanks to founding partner Blue Cross Blue Shield of North Carolina. The program now supports 30 Kids [...]

Throwback Thursday to Our First Child Nutrition Program2015-01-29T16:55:25-05:00
3 08, 2014

Why Hot Summer Meals are a Big Deal

2014-08-03T20:22:45-04:00

Driving through Goldsboro, abandoned, broken-down warehouses pass by. It’s a quiet drive, peaceful even. And yet the decaying buildings serve as a reflection, a reminder, of the difficult circumstances that many people struggle with in this city. According to US Census data, 24.6 percent of people in Goldsboro live in poverty, compared to 21 percent [...]

Why Hot Summer Meals are a Big Deal2014-08-03T20:22:45-04:00
25 07, 2014

Serving More Than a Summer Meal

2014-07-25T17:06:26-04:00

By Jessica Ledbetter, Outreach Coordinator As the Outreach Coordinator for our Sandhills Branch service area, I work with and support 100 partner agencies in four counties, helping to leverage community relationships of the Food Bank and of the partner agency network to collectively generate and distribute more food to provide to people at risk of hunger. [...]

Serving More Than a Summer Meal2014-07-25T17:06:26-04:00
17 07, 2014

The Problem with Getting Seconds

2014-07-17T15:46:45-04:00

By Nicole Harris, Summer Food Service Program Supervisor    That's me at one of our summer feeding sites! These days most of my time at work isn’t actually spent at the Food Bank. Instead I’m in the car—my mobile office if you will—driving from one summer feeding site to another. From June through [...]

The Problem with Getting Seconds2014-07-17T15:46:45-04:00
11 06, 2014

Kids Summer Meals: Ready to Serve

2014-06-11T16:18:45-04:00

“A community has got to take care of itself. If we don't do it, who will?” –Pastor Faye Coates School’s out, and that means we’re gearing up for our Kids Summer Meals Program. We’re busy ordering food and packaging it into breakfast and lunch meals to be distributed to our partner agencies. We’re also working hard [...]

Kids Summer Meals: Ready to Serve2014-06-11T16:18:45-04:00
5 06, 2014

Kids Summer Meals: A Program to End Summer Hunger

2014-06-05T12:33:50-04:00

For the thousands of children who rely on the free and reduced-cost meals at school, summer vacations can seem like a daunting prospect. When they should be anticipating fun and adventure in the warm season, many are worried about where their next meal is coming from instead. For them, no school means no meals. But [...]

Kids Summer Meals: A Program to End Summer Hunger2014-06-05T12:33:50-04:00