Advocacy & Policy

The Food Bank’s Public Policy Platform 

In the 34 counties the Food Bank serves, nearly 600,000 people face hunger. They don’t always know where their next meal will come from. The Food Bank works every day to provide food to people in need while building solutions to end hunger in communities.  

To support those solutions, the Food Bank operates from a public policy and advocacy platform that addresses federal, state, and municipal policies that impact hunger relief and support an environment where all North Carolinians thrive. 

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Protect & Strengthen Nutrition Programs

Government nutrition benefits lift millions of families and individuals out of poverty, alleviate food insecurity, and have proven cost-effective impact on the health and well-being of our most vulnerable. 

The Food Bank operates federal nutrition programs found in the Farm Bill such as TEFAP, SNAP, CSFP, and childhood nutrition programs. Through the budget process and other actions, the Food Bank advocates for the protection and, where warranted, expansion of these programs to support individuals and families most at risk of being food insecure. 

Food Systems

Consistent access to donated nutritious food depends on statewide food systems that are sustainable and encourages the donation of food excess. This requires an effective policy environment for agriculture, food manufacturing, food businesses, and others. 

The Food Bank advocates for policies that strengthen food donation tax incentives, and policies to increase food donation and increase the ability to utilize excess food, to avoid it going to waste. The Food Bank also supports programs that provide resources to allow for innovative food access programs which help offset the cost to harvest, pack, and transport excess food.  

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Nutrition Director Sara cooks at a small demo kitchen

Community Health

The Food Bank not only feeds people who are hungry; we also support community health. The nutritional value of the foods people can access and eat has a profound impact on our community’s overall health. 

The Food Bank prioritizes partnerships and programs that positively impact the health of people we serve. This includes sourcing nutritious food, providing nutrition education and training, and outreach and engagement around government nutrition benefits.  

Tax, Budget, and Nonprofits

Support for nonprofit organizations is conditioned by structures in tax code, regulations, statutes, and municipal ordinances and codes. Tax policy plays a key role in the level of resources available to fight against hunger and increase access to food.  

The Food Bank supports measures that impact the regulatory and tax environment for charitable organizations, operationally and through the donation of food and funds to food banks and other nonprofit organizations.  

Ready to Take Action?

  • Find your Federal & State Representatives, to learn their positions and ways to contact them: here or here.

  • Visit Feeding America’s Advocate microsite to take action on the urgent issues that impact the people we serve.