Initiatives & Events

Jan
1
Fri
2021
Shopping for a Cause
Jan 1 – Dec 31 all-day

Shop with our partners below to support the Food Bank!

  • Visit one of the Wegmans Food Markets below between 10/17-11/27 for their Check Out Hunger Campaign.  Customers can donate $1, $2, $3, $5, round up their bill, or give any amount at checkout with 100 percent of the proceeds going to  the Food  Bank.
  • The Greater Triangle Area CROP Hunger Walk will be held virtually on October 31st at 3pm and they are encouraging individuals and teams to walk in whatever way they feel most safe.  Click here to register, donate or start a team and support the Food Bank!
  • Highland Brewing Give Back with Gaelic campaign is back for the 2nd year, raising funds for us here at the Food Bank!  Now through the end of the year, customers looking to support the campaign can look for the updated Gaelic Ale packaging featuring a red “Give Back with Gaelic” banner. It is available at retailers across the Southeast. For more information, visit  www.highlandbrewing.com/giveback 

 

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 tjohnson@foodbankcenc.org with questions or to learn more.

May
1
Sat
2021
Bytes for Bites (month long)
May 1 – May 31 all-day

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Calling all Technology Companies, Organizations and Groups!

Over the past year, the ways we have used technology to connect with one another has exponentially grown, and while so much of our lives seem to have moved to a virtual platform, our basic household needs remain ever present. With the loss of jobs, income, and in-person schooling, there are 38% more individuals and families struggling to keep food on the table. For the month of May, technology companies and organizations across the Food Bank’s 34- county service area are invited to raise meals in a friendly competition to fight hunger for bragging rights, an exclusive volunteer opportunity and a trophy!

Think your company has what it takes to win? Here is what you need to know:

  • The competition runs from May 1st to May 31st, 2021.
  • It will be a virtual event hosted on our Just Giving peer-to-peer fundraising platform.
  • Registration begins April 1st, 2021. Sign up below!
  • After registering you will receive Microsoft Teams invite for orientation being held on April16, 2021.
  • After orientation you will create your own fundraising page with a unique URL to your own “virtual food drive” fundraising page. Share this link with coworkers, teammates, friends, family and even on social media! Every dollar donated can provide 5 meals for people facing food insecurity!
  • Want to hold a physical food drive as well? Visit our food and fund drive page for information on drop-off locations and collection boxes. You can also download donation signs and a list of our most-needed items. Every 1.2 pounds of food is equal to 1 meal for a neighbor in need.
  • Food donations must be dropped off at one of our branches by 4:00pm on Friday, May 28th to be counted in the competition.
  • Bytes for Bites will have two winners: most meals raised overall, and most meals raised per employee.
  • For more details or questions, please contact Michael Hooker, Community Donations Coordinator at mhooker@foodbankcenc.org.

The Food Bank’s mission is to nourish people, build solutions, and empower communities. Thank you for believing in our mission, and our vision that no one goes hungry!

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Jun
1
Tue
2021
Stop Summer Hunger 2021
Jun 1 – Jul 31 all-day

Every year, we come together to #StopSummerHunger.

When school is out – both in summer and during the school closures we’ve seen throughout this pandemic – we know that families struggle to keep food on the table. Communities and school districts come together to help ensure children and teens who are part of free and reduced-cost breakfast and lunch programs can continue to receive those meals, but there are gaps in services. Families also face increased expenses for childcare during the summer, and the cost of utilities rises along with temperatures.  

Budgets for so many families are already stretched thin from the pandemic, with job losses and hours being cutand the stress of covering these additional costs is very real.  Donations of food and funds often trend down in the summer months, while need increases, and our network of partner agencies focuses on offering fresh, nutritious food for families experiencing hunger. 

Together we can help ease the burden on families and ensure growing children get the nourishment they need to grow, play, and learn. Our #StopSummerHunger goal this year is to raise enough food and funds to provide 5 million meals.

What the Food Bank is doing:

Here are a few things the Food Bank is focused on this summer to help provide more access to nutritious food and alleviate hunger:

  • Kids Summer Meals
    • In the Food Bank’s 34-county service area, over 300,000 (1 in 3) children are eligible for free or reduced cost breakfast and lunch. With our many partners, the Food Bank is working provide as many of those meals as possible to children and teens, by operating free meal sites. Waivers, which make it easier for children, teens, and families to access these programs, have been extended as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. Meals can be available for pick-up by other family members, and they do not have to be eaten on-site, which helps keep people healthy and safe.
  • Family Boxes for our Partners
    • The Food Bank is continuing to provide large, family-sized boxes of food which will be available for pick-up at our Kids Summer Meals sites. Families can use these boxes to ensure the whole family has access to food this summer. 
  • Advocating for and Operating Federal Nutrition Programs 
    • We expect that the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP, or Farmers to Families Food Box Program) will continue through May 2021, providing additional access to fresh foods.
    • Through funding from the American Rescue Plan, we anticipate seeing additional funds and program guidance coming from the U.S. Department of Agriculture. This will help the Food Bank reach more of our friends and neighbors in our 34 counties who are experiencing hunger.

How you can help the Food Bank meet the increased need:

  • Donate funds:  
    • Because of the strength of community relationships, the Food Bank can stretch the gift of a single dollar to provide 5 meals worth of food for a neighbor.
    • During the months of June and July, your donation can be DOUBLED thanks to our generous sponsors – meaning every dollar you give can provide 10 meals for the community. Visit foodbankcenc.org/stopsummerhunger to support this initiative.  
  • Involve your friends:
    • Want to mobilize your neighborhood, church group, or family? Hosting a Virtual Food Drive is a great way to help – while practicing social distancing. Visit here to get started!  
  • Donate time:
    • 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. Current volunteer sessions are being kept much smaller than traditional volunteer groups. This is to best accommodate social distancing while still packing vital food resources, in accordance with guidelines around large groups. We are also limiting volunteering to ages 16-60 at this time, to best protect vulnerable populations.

 

Thank you to our #StopSummerHunger Sponsors!

Jun
3
Thu
2021
Chef’s Feast at Tryon Palace @ North Carolina History Center, Mattocks Hall, Tryon Palace
Jun 3 all-day

Join with PBS Star Chef Vivian Howard and regional chefs for a fun evening of great food and beverages, live music, auction action! Attendees will enjoy array signature dishes from the region’s top chefs! Proceeds benefit the food distribution programs of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina for families, children, seniors, and veterans experiencing food-insecurity.

Tickets are $85.00 each or $165.00 a pair – click here to purchase!

Parking: Free at the North Carolina History Center, Mattocks Hall

Dress: Business Causal

Featured Chefs

Chef Vivian Howard

More regional chefs to be announced soon!

Premiere Sponsor

Media Sponsor

Jun
14
Mon
2021
Grab & Go Kids Summer Meals @ Multiple locations & times
Jun 14 – Aug 20 all-day

As part of our #StopSummerHunger initiative, our Food Bank is providing free grab-and-go meals for children at approximately 40 meal sites across our service area. We will be updating the list as often as needed.

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:

1. Donate funds:  

Because of the strength of community relationships, the Food Bank can stretch the gift of a single dollar to provide 5 meals worth of food for a neighbor. During the months of June and July, your donation can be DOUBLED thanks to our generous sponsors – meaning every dollar you give can provide 10 meals for the community. Visit foodbankcenc.org/stopsummerhunger to support this initiative.  

2. Involve your friends:

Want to mobilize your neighborhood, church group, or family? Hosting a Virtual Food Drive is a great way to help – while practicing social distancing. Visit here to get started!  

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. Click here to learn more about hosting your own food drive.  

4. Donate time:

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. Current volunteer sessions are being kept much smaller than traditional volunteer groups. This is to best accommodate social distancing while still packing vital food resources, in accordance with guidelines around large groups. We are also limiting volunteering to ages 16-60 at this time, to best protect vulnerable populations.

Aug
6
Fri
2021
CANstruction 2021 @ Raleigh Union Station
Aug 6 – Aug 20 all-day
CANstruction 2021 @ Raleigh Union Station

CANstruction’s mission is to provide hunger relief assistance by collecting canned food for distribution to local food banks while promoting the design/build industry. CANstruction hosts competitions, exhibitions, and events showcasing colossal structures made entirely of full cans of food. After the structures are built, the creations are on display to the public as a giant art exhibition. Participants include teams of architects, engineers, contractors, designers, and students attending schools of architecture, engineering, and design. CANstruction | AIA Triangle

Sep
1
Wed
2021
#HungerActionMonth
Sep 1 – Sep 30 all-day

September is #HungerActionMonth — a nationwide initiative designed to inspire people to take action and raise awareness to help people experiencing the impossible choices of hunger. All month, people across the country will be taking action against hunger to help families faced with impossible choices, like buying groceries or paying rent. You can too!

GIVE MONTHLY

We’re on a mission to get 30 new monthly donors in 30 days.

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, a Leadership Donor is matching your first month’s sustaining gift — up to $5,000!

For nearly 600,000 people in the Food Bank’s service area, a daily meal isn’t a choice between different dishes. It’s a choice between food and other crucial needs—like medicine, electricity, or childcare. Since the beginning of 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 — ensuring that we can be more resilient together. 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!


Already a monthly sustainer? Want even more ways to get involved this Hunger Action Month? These calendars provide 30 ways to take action to address hunger. Enjoy!

Hunger Action Month Food Drive Calendar

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Hunger Action Month 30 Ways in 30 Days Calendar

Oct
14
Thu
2021
Students Against Hunger
Oct 14 – Dec 3 all-day

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

In the last year, the Food Bank distributed food to almost 500,000 children facing hunger in the 34 counties we serve, and unfortunately, the number of children in need is increasing. With COVID-19 closing schools and school systems struggling to make the adjustments required to serve children, we saw the devastating impact. No child should have to worry when he or she will eat again, and no parent should have to skip a meal, water down drinks or risk not paying a bill so they can put food on the table for their children. Since its inception, Students Against Hunger has provided hundreds of thousands of meals to families with the support of local schools.

Now your school can join the mission to nourish, build, and empower our community!

 

Students Against Hunger Interest Form

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What You Need to Know:

  • Dates: Collect and donate food and funds anytime between Thursday, October 14th through Friday, December 3rd.
  • Platform: Our user-friendly platform 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: 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:

  • Start planning! Start brainstorming about team members, locations, and communication plan.
  • Be Social! Tag us @FoodBankCENC in your social media posts and use the hashtags #StudentsAgainstHunger and #NoOneGoesHungry!