Initiatives & Events

Sep
1
Tue
2020
#HungerActionMonth
Sep 1 – Sep 30 all-day

September is #HungerActionMonth — a nationwide awareness initiative, designed by Feeding America to mobilize the public to take action on the issue of hunger.

In honor of our 40th anniversary of serving this community, we’re on a mission to get 40 new monthly donors.

This September, we’re asking those who are able to come together to provide the consistency and trust needed by the people we serve by becoming a monthly sustaining donor. In fact, this September, the Food Bank’s Social Media Ambassadors are matching your first month’s sustaining gift — up to $2,000!

GIVE MONTHLY

This year especially, during the COVID-19 health and economic crisis, people are finding themselves in urgent need of hunger relief services. The food pantries and soup kitchens the Food Bank partners with, and the federal nutrition programs the Food Bank helps connect people with have all seen staggering increases in the number of people needing support.

As a monthly donor, you’ll know you are making a difference each and every day — and helping our neighbors for the long haul. Ending hunger takes all of us working together, and we’re grateful to everyone who believes in our #NoOneGoesHungry vision. We could never do this important work alone!

1st monthly gift matched

Oct
1
Thu
2020
Hops Against Hunger (month long)
Oct 1 @ 8:00 am – Oct 31 @ 11:45 pm

Hops Against Hunger is a campaign launched last year here in the Triangle where we engage breweries, bottle and wine shops and cideries to partner with us during the month of October.

Last year we raised over 12,500 meals and we hope to double that this year!

Please visit the below breweries and bottle shops this October to support the Food Bank during Hops Against Hunger!

  • Trophy Brewing– Donating $1/pour of a specific beer- check their Facebook page for details
  • Lynnwood Brewing Concern– Donating $1 from every pint sold throughout the night (4-11) on October 20th
  • Pelagic Beer and Wine– Donating 20% of profits from pumpkin/Oktoberfest style beers during the whole month of October. That will include draft, bottles and cans of pumpkin and Ockoberfest beers.

For more information about partnering with the Food Bank during Hops Against Hunger, please reach out to Tessa Johnson at tjohnson@foodbankcenc.org

 

Oct
15
Thu
2020
Students Against Hunger
Oct 15 – Dec 4 all-day

If your school community came together to raise meals for our food-insecure neighbors, how many people could you feed? Find out!

Register your school here!

Last year schools (daycare-college) collectively raised 341,548 meals. This year due to COVID-19, the food insecurity rate in our service area has risen by an estimated 38% — meaning Students Against Hunger is more important than ever.

This year’s competition is entirely virtual! We have a brand new Virtual Food Drive system that we’re excited for everyone to use.

Students Against Hunger food drive 2020

What You Need to Know:

  • Dates: Collect and donate food and funds anytime between Thursday, October 15th through Friday, December 4th.
  • New Platform: We have a new user-friendly platform that gives you the power to create and customize your page. You can share this link with teachers, students, parents, friends, family, and school alumni. Donations made online are received immediately by our Food Bank, and you will know how much your team has raised in real-time. Every dollar donated is equal to 5 meals!
  •  Donation Drop-Offs: Although we are not emphasizing physical food drives, we will still accept donations made in this fashion. Food and funds must get dropped off at one of our branches during business hours Monday-Friday. Due to limited resources, we are not able to offer a Saturday drop-off date. Please ensure to record the weight of your donation (or cash amount) and report back to me for tracking purposes. 

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Oct
22
Thu
2020
Socially-Distanced Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the NC State Fair @ NC State Fair Gate 9
Oct 22 @ 8:00 am – 8:30 pm

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.  Drive Thru Food Drive State Fairgrounds Map 2020

October 22, 2020 is Hunger Relief Day at the NC State Fair

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.

Online donations to support our COVID-19 relief efforts are also being accepted.

Nov
3
Tue
2020
Vote to End Hunger
Nov 3 @ 6:30 am – 7:30 pm

During this time of crisis our neighbors need us more than ever. Millions of Americans have applied for unemployment and need help filling their fridges. If you agree that everyone one should be able to put nutritious and healthy food on the table, make a plan to vote in this year’s election. By voting, either in person or from home, you can help ensure no family has to choose between buying groceries or paying rent.

Vote to end HungerGet started today
Check your registration, make a plan, and help your friends vote! 

Sample Ballots are available now
Registered voters may enter their information into the Board of Election’s Voter Search tool to preview their 2020 ballot. Get informed today by looking up ballot issues and local races in your area, or browsing the nonpartisan 2020 NC Voter Guide.

Election Day is Tuesday, November 3
Early voting in NC runs October 15-31, and vote by mail has already begun in NC. For more information on how, where, and when you can vote, visit the voter information page on North Carolina State Board of Election’s website.



Beyond voting
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. Learn more about our public policy platform here