Initiatives & Events

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. 

To-Do List:

Holiday Meals Match
Nov 1 – Dec 31 all-day

We all know the feeling of warmth, security, and belonging that comes from being around a meal with family. This year, we’re asking you to help us provide hope for the holidays. 

Lend a hand to a child in need

2020 has been especially devastating for many of our already vulnerable friends and neighbors. The 38% increase in need in our service area due to COVID-19 means now more than ever we want the families we support to have enough healthy and nutritious food this holiday season. Help us provide hope and ensure the families we serve have what they need to enjoy a warm, safe, and happy holiday season with their loved ones.

Visit to make a MATCHED donation and provide hope with a warm meal for 2x as many people in need this holiday season. 

Moved by the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, generous friends of the Food Bank have created the largest match pot in our 40 year history: $292,000! We need you to give what you are able, by December 31, so that we can reach the full match potential — providing balanced meals and hope to neighbors across our service area.

Thank you to our Holiday Meals Match Sponsors!

Other ways you can help the Food Bank meet the increased need:

  1. Involve your friends – Want to mobilize your neighborhood, church group, or family? Holding a Virtual Food Drive is a great way to help – while practicing social distancing. Visit to get started!
  2. Donate time – If you are a healthy adult and want to volunteer, you can self-schedule a shift at Current volunteer sessions are being kept much smaller than traditional volunteer groups to best accommodate social distancing. We are also limiting volunteering to ages 18-60 at this time, to best protect vulnerable populations.
  3. Donate food – We’re always in need of the types of shelf-stable items that you pick up for your own family: things like peanut butter, canned tuna fish and chicken, soup, pasta, and canned fruits and veggies.  Visit to get more information!
Holiday Shopping for a Cause
Nov 1 – Dec 31 all-day

Shop with our partners below to support the Food Bank this holiday season!

Food Lion- Holiday Boxes 

  • Give hope for the holidays! Visit your local Food Lion to purchase and donate a $5 food box or make a cash donation at the register November 11-December 15 to help provide meals for your neighbors in need. Visit to learn more.

Dewey’s Gift & Give Campaign

Lowes Foods- Friends Feeding Friends

  • This Holiday Season you can support the Food Bank by participating in Lowes Foods Friends Feeding Friends program by purchasing pre-packaged donation bags of non-perishable Lowes Foods items, buying and giving non-perishable food items to in-store donation bins, or providing cash donations.  This campaign will run through December 29, 2020.  Visit to learn more.

Harris Teeter- Round-Up Campaign

  • This Holiday Season you can support the Food Bank by donating at participating Harris Teeters during their  Harvest Feast Round Up Campaign from Nov. 18 – Dec. 29, 2020.  Visit to learn more.

Kendra Scott- Giving Tuesday Give Back Event 

  • On Giving Tuesday on 12/1 shop at Kendra Scott in Southpoint Mall in Durham, NC between 4-6pm and 20% of your purchase will be donated to the Food Bank.  Click HERE to RSVP for the event.
  • Want to support from home? Use code GIVEBACK-0BF9 on on December 1st or 2nd, and 20% of your online purchase will be donated as well!


Want to add your give-back promotion to this page? Click here to view our Cause Marketing Guidelines and learn more about how your brand can support our Food Bank. Please email Tessa Johnson at with questions or to learn more.

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

Week of Appreciation
Nov 16 – Nov 20 all-day

A WEEK OF APPRECIATIONThis year brought challenges we never could have predicted. The need in our area has risen to over 750,000 North Carolinians facing food insecurity, one third of whom are children. We distributed roughly 92 million pounds of food, safely hosted volunteers that gave over 215,000 hours of their time to support our work, and changed our operations to adapt to the COVID-19 pandemic.  The 38% increase in need has been staggering, and we are continually thankful for supporters like you who make our work possible. 

This year the businesses and organizations that support us raised over 85 million meals to through food and funds to nourish families in North Carolina. Each year it’s important to recognize the dedication and investment these companies are making in the community and in our Food Bank. Check out this year’s CORE Leadership Circle – our largest donors giving both funds and food to support our vision that no one goes hungry.

Those numbers alone make it clear that we could not do what we do without your support. Thank you to everyone who supports the work we’re doing together to end hungerThanks to you, we can be here for the long haul for neighbors in need.  

On behalf of all of us at the Food Bank and those we serve – thank you. 






Reverend Lex Mathews came to the Tarheel state to serve as Chaplain to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1970. Five years later, he was named the Director of Christian Social Ministries at the Episcopal Diocese of North Carolina. “Mr. Mathews will be linking needs with resources and people with interests,” read an announcement of this new role for Lex. In his first report as Director, Reverend Mathews challenged all parishes and missions to raise an amount equal to 10% of their budgets and use this to benefit low-income and food insecure people in their communities. Local committees formed under his leadership to fundraise and distribute money to support existing nonprofits or start programming when needed. After seeing a news story about the first food bank in Arizona, Lex began to explore the idea of starting one in the Triangle. Lex brought together a group of community leaders to do some research and help identify the Food Bank’s first Executive Director, Barbara Oates. He also secured initial funding from the Diocese, found a building, and signed the lease. Lex continued to serve as a mentor for Barbara, making connections with local leaders, assisting with fundraising, and eventually bringing the other North Carolina food banks together. Reverend Mathews was truly ahead of his time – he was working to nourish people, but was also addressing the root causes of poverty and hunger like affordable housing and child care, continuing education, and increased access to healthcare.





As a token of our appreciation, our Nutrition Education Team has created this delicious Harvest Salad recipe for you, complete with a recipe demonstration video!
Harvest Salad recipe card



We would like to extend a big thank you to our volunteer workforce for your continuous giving to the Food Bank, especially during these unprecedented times. As Hunger Heroes, you have supplied us with the extra boost needed in the fight to end hunger. Due to the impact of COVID-19, about 1-in-5 people and 1-in-3 children are living with food insecurity. Your support and hard work have helped the Food Bank distribute record-breaking pounds of food across our service area during the pandemic. We truly could not serve our communities without the support of our volunteers so thank you for all that you do! We hope to continue growing newer and stronger relationships with those interested in getting involved.

We also wanted to express our gratitude to those individuals who became regular volunteers during COVID-19 relief efforts. Durham: Kimberly McBride, Susan Finer, Kathy Kay, Rachel Cohn, Tasala Rufai, Christa Witherspoon. Greenville: Todd Sanford and Wanda Dixon. Raleigh: Bob Meadows, Shawn Janairo, Karl Kirkeby, Jess Ryu, Kathy Abode, Mike Paine, Kevin Pietras, Kathy Pietras, James Chang, Greg Cyr, Jennifer Delacey, Melanie Henderson, Tony Stiller, Jim Russell, Dwayne White, Dan Frizzell, Katharine DeVilbiss, Karen Nyreen, Susan Gates, Susan Brosnan, Krish Bhardwaj, Tammie Kuhn, Janine Doods, Steven Andrews, Jamie Hill, Jennings Wright, Kiran Saini, Kicab Castaneda-Mendez, Ellen Adelman, Joe Koon, Larry Robertson, Larry Robinson, Ken & Janet Slagle, David Bissette, Richard Carroll, Steve Andrew, Sheba Kanjelkheir, Bill Santa Rosa, Joe Erdelyi, Patti Gove, Paula Malzone, Jackie Braun, Mary, Warren, & Marie Cox, Mark Desrosiers, Vytautas Smetona, Virginia Cleary, Dianne Wanyama, Jeremy Lonnman, Meghan Flaherty, Mel Kilberg, Telly Dobbin, John Ricciardi, Bill Turnau, Sanjay Prasad, Claire Spackman, William & Andrew, Kristin Ewan, Sofia Acosta, Patrick Barry,  Walter Hunt, Cathy Wilfong, Janet Racketa, Sallie Whelan.

Elevation Church

A special thank you to Elevation Church – Raleigh! Elevation Church has been an integral partner of the Food Bank this year while supporting the Food Bank in various capacities. Elevation has graciously donated $40,000 throughout the course of the pandemic. Elevation’s phenomenal team of volunteers have also supported the Food Bank through sorting and packing 300,000 meals in the warehouse, delivering 11,000 pounds of food to doorsteps, partnering with the WAKE Cares Program to provide 450 family boxes and even working in our community garden space to set the groundwork for future crop harvests.



Across our service area, 38% more neighbors will need help with food this year due to COVID-19. Many of our local Partner Agencies, like Loaves & Fishes Ministries in Warren County, have told us they needed more food in order to serve more people. In response, the Food Bank is providing additional food and supplies to help close the extensive hunger gap, while Warren County is helping Loaves and Fishes is partnering with the County to temporarily move their pantry into a larger space with more refrigeration. Through community collaboration, Loaves and Fishes will be able to distribute not just more food, but more healthy perishable foods like produce, meats, and dairy. Thank you to all the generous donors for enabling the Food Bank to distribute a record amount of food to the community through our Partner Agency network!



In case you hadn’t heard, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina has been named Food Bank of the Year by Feeding America! The ‘Member of the Year’ award is one of the highest honors awarded to food bank leaders. Feeding America, a national association of more than 200 food banks nationwide, chose our Food Bank for our local community-building, contributions to the Feeding America network, and innovative solutions in ending hunger. We are honored, humbled, and happy to receive this recognition. It will bolster us as we continue working to nourish neighbors and empower communities, even as the COVID-19 pandemic has increased food insecurity 38% in our service area. We are grateful to YOU for making this important work possible. This award belongs to you, too, for believing in our No One Goes Hungry vision!

Feeding America's Member Of The Year

Share Your Christmas food & fund drive
Nov 30 – Dec 4 all-day

News Channel 12 Share Your Christmas food driveNews Channel 12 will be broadcasting live from Piggly Wiggly stores in the Food Bank’s eastern service area each day from Monday, November 30 – Friday, December 4, 2020 from 11am-7pm. News anchors, Food Bank staff, and volunteers will be at each site accepting donations for our friends and neighbors in the Greenville and New Bern Service area just in time for the holidays!

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Locations & Schedule:

MONDAY, Nov 30  – Williamston #76 – 912 Washington St. Williamston, NC 27892

TUESDAY, Dec 1  – Wallace #86  – 209 N Norwood St, Wallace, NC 28466

WEDNESDAY, Dec 2 – Richlands #57 – 406 Richlands Hwy. Richlands, NC, 28574

WEDNESDAY, Dec 2 – Swansboro – 715 W Corbett Ave, Swansboro, NC 28584

THURSDAY, Dec 3 – Kinston #33 – 2240 Hwy 258 N. Kinston, NC, 28504

FRIDAY, Dec 4 – New Bern # 28 – 1208 Simmons St, New Bern, NC 28560

ABC 11 Together Food Drive