We may not be able to attend the N.C. State Fair together this year, but North Carolinians can still donate canned food and get their fair food fix!
Drop-off donations of nonperishable foods from 8 AM – 8:30 PM. Click here for our most needed food items. Food Lion will have giveaways of $5 gift cards and other items for the first 500 families who donate food!
How to drop off can donations: Approach the Fairgrounds navigating towards Gate 9. Follow the path laid out by the red arrows in the top-left corner of the fairgrounds map below, driving towards Youth Center Drive. Volunteers will collect your can donations in a safe way while you stay in the car.
Why Hunger Relief Day at the NC State Fair
Hunger is a serious problem every day in central and eastern North Carolina. Working families, children, and seniors—struggled to consistently get food on their table; especially nutritious food. This year, the need is even more staggering, because of the COVID-19 crisis: more than 760,000 people are facing hunger – approximately a 38% increase over last year. Many families are finding themselves in this situation for the first time- previously making their budgets work, but no longer able to make ends meet due to unemployment, furlough, or reduced hours.
From our partners on the front lines, we know that pantries were serving as a bridge to help people make it to their next paycheck. Now that family finances are stretched even further, food from the pantries we serve is often the only food families are able to get. Our friends and neighbors are struggling with rent, healthcare, and medicine costs, and the issue of pride in needing to ask for help. With basic needs being hard to meet, extras like big holiday feasts or presents are out of reach for many families
Despite food supply chain challenges and new operations to safely supply food, the Food Bank has distributed record amounts in the last few months, thanks to community support and new government relief programs we’re administering—but we’re still not meeting the incredible need right now. The food collected on this special Hunger Relief Day will go a long way in providing much needed relief for our friends and neighbors.