Initiatives & Events

Feb
1
Sat
2020
Interfaith Food Drive (month long)
Feb 1 – Feb 29 all-day

Deah Barakat, Yusor Abu-Salha and Razan Abu-Salha had big ideas for how they wanted to help the world. One of Deah’s last facebook posts was of an evening where he and Yusor were giving food and free dental supplies to the homeless in downtown Durham. Razan, was a regular at Raleigh’s Moore Square, not only with sandwiches for the homeless but also special messages she tucked into the sustenance. The total of the last five drives has translated into over a quarter of a million meals donated to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina for those in need.

There are 3 ways to get involved this year!

  1. Donate food at any of these locations
  2. Donate funds through our Virtual Food Drive
  3. Drop off donations Saturday, February 29th from 10am-2pm at the Islamic Center of Raleigh.

For more details please see The Lighthouse Project’s Facebook event page!

#NoOneGoesHungry #OurThreeWinners #LoveThyNeighbor

Interfaith Food Drive 2020

Feb
26
Wed
2020
Publix Food for Sharing @ Publix Super Markets
Feb 26 @ 12:00 am – Mar 8 @ 12:00 pm

Publix Food for Sharing program gives the customer the chance to donate food to help the hungry.  You can choose one of three donation amounts, and Publix will donate the food in that bundle to local food banks. More than $86 million in food has been donated since 2009 to help alleviate hunger in our communities.  Click here to find your local Publix store!

 

Apr
2
Thu
2020
ABC11 Together Virtual Food Drive for COVID-19 Relief
Apr 2 all-day

On Thursday, April 2, ABC11 is hoping you’ll be one of those heroes and give to the ABC11 Together Virtual Food Drive benefiting the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC and the Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina. We’re coming together to help those who are suddenly struggling due to closures related to the coronavirus pandemic. All day Thursday, on ABC11 Eyewitness News, we’ll bring you on-air stories and information on available resources for you and your family. We will also ask those that can, to donate to the drive on abc11.com.

90% of the Food Bank’s surveyed disaster relief pantries and soup kitchens across central and eastern NC have already seen a significant increase in families and individuals visiting their sites for help. “In our 40 years of serving the community, this is a crisis unlike any we’ve faced,” said Peter Werbicki, President & CEO of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. “We’re shifting our operations and how we serve people to try to meet this unprecedented need, and do it in a way that ensures we can serve people for the long haul.”

There’s a lot of uncertainty going around with COVID-19, but there’s also a lot of hope. We see that hope every day in the stories we highlight where ordinary people step up to become heroes to those in need. So, join us on Thursday, April 2 for our ABC11 Together Virtual Food Drive and give hope to those that need it the most. This is our community and we’re in this together.

May
1
Fri
2020
Summer Hunger Started Early
May 1 – Jul 31 all-day

Every year, we come together to #StopSummerHunger. This is not a normal year. Because of COVID-19, summer hunger started early.

Double my donation!

#StopSummerHungerWhen school is out we know that families struggle to keep food on the table.  Children and teens who are part of free and reduced-cost breakfast and lunch programs often no longer receive those meals.  There are increased expenses for childcare when school is out, and the cost of utilities rise along with temperatures.  Budgets for so many families are already stretched thin, and the stress of covering these additional costs is very real.

The COVID-19 pandemic and the economic crisis means more people than ever are facing hunger each day. Parents and caregivers have lost their jobs and healthcare. Schools have been closed, and in many cases unable to continue providing meals to children, since mid-March. Summer hunger started early this year.

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 4.4 million meals.

What the Food Bank is doing:

In the Food Bank’s 34-county service area, just over 300,000 (1 in 5) children are eligible for free or reduced cost breakfast and lunch- and in some cases, those meals haven’t been available since mid-March. With our many partners, the Food Bank is working provide as many of those meals as possible to children and teens for as long as needed, and have opened more than 30 free meal sites since April.

In addition, we are distributing thousands of family-sized boxes, each containing 20 meals, to our partners operating pantries and soup kitchens, to school districts for children and families, and to seniors.

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

  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. And during the months of June and July, your donation is DOUBLED – meaning every dollar can provide 10 meals for the community.
  2. 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 foodbankcenc.org/vfd to get started!
  3. Donate time – 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 to best accommodate social distancing. We are also limiting volunteering to ages 18-60 at this time, to best protect vulnerable populations.
  4. 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.

Thank you to our #StopSummerHunger Sponsors!