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.
- 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.
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
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!
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 30 Ways in 30 Days Calendar