Initiatives & Events

Mar
31
Tue
2020
Grab & Go Meals for Kids during COVID-19 @ Multiple locations & times
Mar 31 – Aug 31 all-day

With schools out 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 coming days and weeks.

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

Aug
1
Sat
2020
Partner Agency Appreciation Month
Aug 1 – Aug 31 all-day

August is Partner Agency Appreciation Month

¡Una Dosis Diaria de Gracias! Agosto es Mes de Agradecimiento a Nuestras Agencias Colaboradas.

August is Partner Appreciation Month

The Food Bank’s Partner Services and Public Policy Department has designated August as Partner Appreciation Month. It is an opportunity for the Food Bank to recognize all the amazing work done by our partner agency network to nourish, build and empower their local communities. We have always considered our partners to be dedicated hunger-relief advocates, but during this time of the COVID-19 pandemic they have shown us truly what it means to be hunger heroes: dedicated, compassionate, and enduring.

To show how much we appreciate our partners, we have planned virtual activities for the month of August. These activities range from sharing Thank You Messages to offering small tokens of our appreciation. We know that just saying thank you will never be enough to encompass all of what our partners mean to the Food Bank, but we agree that it is where we should start.

Activity 1: Daily Dose of Thank You

“Gratitude is a powerful catalyst for happiness…” (A. Collette) We realize the power of starting off the week on a positive note. Every Monday in August, the Partner Appreciation Committee will send a Thank You Message to partners via email from a Food Bank Staff or Board Member. Feel free to share these messages of encouragement with your agency staff and/or volunteers.

Activity 2: Daily Dose of Thank You
Tell Me Something Good Edition

Did you know that the Food Bank distributed its 1 billionth pound this year? Every Friday in August, the Partner Appreciation Committee will send partners a Tell Me Something Good (TMSG) Email that announces a milestone that the Food Bank and its network has reached this year. In addition, in TMSG we will include a Thank You Message from a Food Bank Staff Member and an announcement of the winners of our Partner Agency Raffle. Stay tuned for TMSG’s exciting announcements.

Activity 3: Partner Appreciation Raffle

Every Friday during the month of August, the Partner Appreciation Committee will announce 28 winners of our raffle. The winners will be announced in our TMSG Email. To win partners must be in good standing. To see a full listing of requirements to win, please refer to the Partner Appreciation Month Introduction Email. All partners that fit the eligibility requirements are automatically enrolled in the raffle. “May the odds be ever in your favor.”

Activity 4: Virtual Partner Agency Milestone Certificate Presentation
Date: week of August 24-28

Did you know that the Food Bank is commemorating its 40th anniversary this year? In honor of recognizing 40 years of nourishing, building and empowering communities the Partner Services Department would like to recognize our partners and their decade milestones. Each agency will receive a personal Thank You message from their Outreach Coordinator that includes a copy of their decade milestone certificate.

Activity 5: State of the Food Bank: A Virtual Conversation Between Food Bank Leadership and Partner Agencies

Date: September 1, 2020
Time: 3pm-4:30pm
Virtual Meeting Location: WebEx

Join Peter Werbicki, President & CEO of the Food Bank and Earline Middleton, Vice President of Partner Services & Public Policy for a conversation reflecting on the Food Bank’s 40 years of service, the organization’s Strategic Plan highlighting our response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, advocacy efforts and more. Before and during this conversation there will be opportunities for partners to submit questions.

This event is open to all partner agencies of the Food Bank on a first come, first served basis. The conversation will take place via WebEx with an option to call in for the meeting. The State of the Food Bank will be recorded and distributed later for partners to view who could not attend the live session. Due to limited spaces, please limit your agency representatives to two people if they are joining the meeting using separate devices.

How to Participate:

  • All Food Bank partners are invited to participate. We are asking that partners RSVP for the event. To register, please send  an email to appreciation@foodbankcenc.org. In your RSVP email, please include agency name, agency number and email address.
  • If you would like to submit a question for the leadership, please send your question to Jessica at jledbetter@foodbankcenc.org by 4pm Thursday, August 27th. Please include agency name, agency number, email, and contact person’s name with all questions.

Partner Services and Public Policy Department Quote

This year marks the 40th anniversary of serving communities with food for daily nourishment, supplies during disasters, and now hope during a pandemic. This August we honor our collective partner agency network. Thank you for providing food assistance, benefit support, programs, and educational opportunities for communities throughout our 34-county service area. You have been here with us, never wavering in your commitment to serving others. Rain, snow, sleet, shine, hurricane, or pandemic, your doors have remained open, creating an environment of hope. We continue to work every day to ensure no one goes hungry. We could not do what we do without YOU!

Este año se celebra el 40° aniversario de servir a las comunidades proporcionando alimentos para la alimentación diaria, suministros durante los desastres y ahora con esperanza durante una pandemia. Este Agosto estamos honrando a nuestra red de agencias colaboradas. Gracias por proporcionar asistencia alimenticia, apoyo a beneficios, programas y oportunidades educativas para las comunidades en cada uno de los 34 condados a los cuales servimos. Ustedes siempre han estado aquí con nosotros sin poner en duda el compromiso de servir a los demás. Con lluvia, nieve, huracán o pandemia sus puertas han permanecido abiertas creando un ambiente de esperanza. Seguiremos trabajando todos los días para asegurarnos de que nadie pase hambre. ¡No podríamos hacer lo que hacemos sin USTEDES!

Partner Appreciation Committee Quote

A movement starts with individual will power and sustains itself with collective willpower. Together we are an unstoppable force for change; 900 hunger relief agencies and growing.

 

Aug
10
Mon
2020
Feeding ENC Food Drive (week long) @ 5 Food Lion stores
Aug 10 – Aug 14 all-day

Save the dates! In partnership with News Channel 12 and Food Lion, there will be a week-long food drive at 5 Food Lion locations in Eastern North Carolina.

📆 Monday, August 10 | 11am-7pm
🛒 Food Lion, 175 Freedom Way, Jacksonville, NC

📆 Tuesday, August 11 | 11am-7pm
🛒 Food Lion, 1914 Turnbury Drive, Greenville, NC

📆 Wednesday, August 12 | 11am-7pm
🛒Food Lion, 4917 Arendell St., Morehead City, NC

📆 Thursday, August 13 | 11am-7pm
🛒 Food Lion, 1304 W Vernon Ave., Kinston, NC

📆Friday, August 14 | 11am-7pm
🛒 Food Lion, 3301 M.L. King Jr. Blvd., New Bern, NC

Below is a flyer of our most-needed food drive items. You can also print out the PDF version, to take with you as a shopping list.

 

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

Sep
9
Wed
2020
Farms, Food, and Hunger: A conversation with candidates @ Zoom
Sep 9 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Join a virtual, nonpartisan candidate forum to hear state level candidates discuss important issues related to food, farming, and hunger in our state. Register Here: bit.ly/FarmFoodHunger

You are invited to submit a farm, food, or hunger-related question that you would like the candidates to answer during the virtual conversation in the “Questions/Comments” section when registering. If your question is directed to a certain candidate position (i.e. School Superintendent), please specify so in your question. There is no guarantee that you question will be selected.

Confirmed state-level candidates:

  • Jessica Holmes and Josh Dobson for Labor Commissioner
  • Steve Troxler and Jennifer Wadsworth for Commissioner of Agriculture
  • Catherine Truitt and Jen Mangrum for Superintendent of Public Education
  • Yvonne Holley for Lieutenant Governor
  • Moderator: Calvin Allen, Rural Forward NC Director

farms food and hunger a conversation with candidates

This event is being hosted by:

  • Carolina Farm Stewardship Association | https://www.carolinafarmstewards.org/
  • Feeding the Carolinas | https://feedingthecarolinas.org/
  • Moms Rising | https://www.momsrising.org/campaigns/north-carolina
  • North Carolina Alliance for Health | https://www.ncallianceforhealth.org/
  • NC Rural Center | https://www.ncruralcenter.org/
  • Rural Advancement Foundation International- USA | https://www.rafiusa.org/
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. 

To-Do List:

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, drivin