Updated March 2021

Evolving health guidance provided by the CDC and Public Health Departments will take precedent over the information provided here. We recommend monitoring these authoritative sources regularly.

Since the beginning of the Food Bank’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic in March of 2020, planning and building strategies for the impact of the crisis on the community we serve has been a top priority. We’re continuing to follow the guidance of the CDC and the state of North Carolina. Some of the precautions we’re undertaking specific to COVID-19, (on top of our standard, daily, safety and hygiene processes) are shared near the bottom of this page. The Food Bank is committed to serving those in need, and we’re very thankful for the trust that’s placed in us.

Find Food

📍 Anyone in our 34-county service area who needs help with food can visit foodbankcenc.org/findhelp and use our Food Finder to search our partner agency network for their local food pantry.

🗺 Live outside our service area? Find your local food bank here.

Where is my local pantry?

4 Ways To Help

There is a long road ahead, and the Food Bank is here for the long haul. We will need resources to continue enacting the strategies we know work to end hunger. Here’s how you can help:

As we try and meet the nearly 40% increase in need this pandemic has created in our communities, funds are the resource we need mostFinancial donations allow us to stay nimble and responsive in our operations as conditions change, and to reach new people with our efforts. 

I want to donate

Want to mobilize your neighborhood, church group, or other circle of friends? Holding a Virtual Food Drive is a great way to help – while practicing social distancing. We even re-launched our Virtual Food Drive platform. Visit foodbankcenc.org/vfd to set yours up today.

Involve Friends

Research the policies that impact hunger and speak out! Contact your state, local, and federal representatives to let them know policies like SNAP, TEFAP, and WIC need to be strengthened in order to break the cycle of hunger and help relieve families of the burden of hunger. Visit foodbankcenc.org/advocacy to learn more.

Advocacy & Policy

The Food Bank greatly relies on our volunteers, especially in times of crisis. If you are a healthy adult and want to volunteer, you can self-schedule a shift at foodbankcenc.org/volunteer

I’m healthy & want to volunteer

“The Food Bank appears to be one of the most effective and efficient non-profit organization that I’ve donated to. I am frequently amazed by your ability to serve the community, particularly during this difficult time.”  -Donor

Winter 2021 Newsletter

COVID-19 One Year Later

Our quarterly newsletter looked back on a full year of Pandemic Response work. Check it out to see the impact of the support you have shown our community throughout COVID-19.


Working To Meet The Increased Need


38% increase of neighbors in need across our service area, because of COVID-19


49% increase of kids & teens in need across our service area, because of COVID-19

The urgent need of the people in our 34 counties has been unprecedented—and so has the Food Bank’s response. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there were 547,720 individuals, families, and seniors in central and eastern North Carolina facing hunger. This includes 169,770 children and teens, who did not always know when their next meal would be. These numbers were down significantly from what we knew for 2016, when nearly 600,000 people were facing hunger in our 34 counties. Our strategies for nourishing people, building solutions, and empowering communities were working to break the cycle of hunger! Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, a new study from Feeding America projects the number of food-insecure neighbors in our service area to grow by 38%, including 49% growth for children and teens. That means approximately 756,320 people (1 in 5 people) may face hunger in 2020, including 253,570 children (1 in 3 children).

Even with a 38% increase in need, and despite food supply chain challenges unlike any we’ve seen in the Food Bank’s 40 year history, we’ve been able to distribute a record amount of food to the community thanks to our network of partner agencies. These efforts and impacts would not be possible without the incredibly generous support of our donors. They reached out immediately to find out what was needed, and thanks to their generosity, we are able to keep the level of food going to our partner agencies consistent. We've also received support from federal and state government resources for programs, food, and funds. We’re very grateful to have the trust of this community to address the urgent need for hunger relief.

Graph showing sharp increase in demand and a sharp decrease in supply chain of food, partner capacity, and volunteer support