Initiatives & Events

Feb
1
Sat
2020
Interfaith Food Drive (month long)
Feb 1 – Feb 29 all-day

Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha had big ideas for how they wanted to help the world. One of Deah’s last facebook posts was of an evening where he and Yusor were giving food and free dental supplies to the homeless in downtown Durham. Razan, was a regular at Raleigh’s Moore Square, not only with sandwiches for the homeless but also special messages she tucked into the sustenance. The total of the last five drives has translated into over a quarter of a million meals donated to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina for those in need.

There are 3 ways to get involved this year!

  1. Donate food at any of these locations
  2. Donate funds through our Virtual Food Drive
  3. Drop off donations Saturday, February 29th from 10am-2pm at the Islamic Center of Raleigh.

For more details please see The Lighthouse Project’s Facebook event page!

#NoOneGoesHungry #OurThreeWinners #LoveThyNeighbor

Interfaith Food Drive 2020

Feb
6
Thu
2020
Singles Night
Feb 6 @ 6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Meet the love of your life, rain or shine! Singles Night is still on, but please be safe traveling to the Food Bank. See you tonight!

Food is love! The Food Bank is looking to provide the community with both, this Valentines season.

Our first ever Singles Night volunteer events will be held on Thursday, February 6 at our Raleigh Branch and Durham Branch. The volunteer shift will run from 6pm-7:30pm. There is a suggested donation of $20 per volunteer – which can provide 100 additional meals to the community!

But the evening doesn’t end there. The fun and mingling will continue after the meals are packed, thanks to our event partners. In Raleigh, volunteers can walk across the parking lot to Mordecai Beverage Co.  In Durham, Boxcar Bar + Arcade is providing tokens and some prizes to Food Bank volunteers, after the volunteer session!

CLICK HERE to register for Raleigh Singles Night.

CLICK HERE to register for Durham Singles Night.

Singles Night

Feb
26
Wed
2020
Publix Food for Sharing @ Publix Super Markets
Feb 26 @ 12:00 am – Mar 8 @ 12:00 pm

Publix Food for Sharing program gives the customer the chance to donate food to help the hungry.  You can choose one of three donation amounts, and Publix will donate the food in that bundle to local food banks. More than $86 million in food has been donated since 2009 to help alleviate hunger in our communities.  Click here to find your local Publix store!

 

Apr
1
Wed
2020
Grab & Go Meals for Kids during COVID-19 @ Multiple locations & times
Apr 1 – Sep 13 all-day

Due to COVID-19, there are active locations across our service area providing free grab-and-go meals for children. We will be updating the list as often as needed.

In addition, Sheetz has announced they are offering free Kidz Meal Bagz at these locations.

List of Grab & Go Meals for Kids

  • Food will be distributed by volunteers at curbside or other designated area to minimize safety concerns.
  • Social distancing is to be enforced by all.
  • The food will be placed in safe and sanitized food containers.
  • You will not be required to show ID.
  • Children do not have to be present with you to pick up food.

Any organizations interested in filling a need and setting up meal pick up location(s) in our service area can submit a request to serve meals for kids.

More places to find food:

Anyone in our 34-county service area who needs help with food can visit our Food Finder page to look up local members of our partner agency network. (Live outside our service area? Find your local food bank here.)

 

More ways to give help:

As we shift our inventory to be as nimble as possible to meet the ever-changing need, funds are the resource we need most. They allow us to make purchases in bulk, and tailor our operation as needed in the weeks and months.

Also, 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

Apr
2
Thu
2020
ABC11 Together Virtual Food Drive for COVID-19 Relief
Apr 2 all-day

On Thursday, April 2, ABC11 is hoping you’ll be one of those heroes and give to the ABC11 Together Virtual Food Drive benefiting the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina. We’re coming together to help those who are suddenly struggling due to closures related to the coronavirus pandemic. All day Thursday, on ABC11 Eyewitness News, we’ll bring you on-air stories and information on available resources for you and your family. We will also ask those that can, to donate to the drive on abc11.com.

90% of the Food Bank’s surveyed disaster relief pantries and soup kitchens across central and eastern NC have already seen a significant increase in families and individuals visiting their sites for help. “In our 40 y