Initiatives & Events

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

Shop with our partners below to support the Food Bank!

  • Eastcut Sandwich Bar will be collecting donations for us here at the Food Bank starting 6/1 and running through July 31st. Customers can donate when they check out through their online ordering page here.
    • On Wednesday 6/30, they will also be donating 10% of their sales to the Food Bank
  • Auction Direct will be running their ” Christmas in July” promotion from July 14th through July 25th where they will be donating $20 per vehicle sold to us here at the Food Bank.  Visit their website here for more details!
  • Raleigh’s 13 Tacos and Taps is hosting their first ever “Margarita Battle” to benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. The battle features local food bloggers Cecilia “Cece” Moreno of Food Diary of A City Girl and Nancy Thapa. The two bloggers have created their own unique margaritas that will be featured at 13 Tacos and Taps from July 27th-Aug. 7th. For each cocktail sold, $1 will be donated to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina to help combat hunger in the community. The “Margarita Battle” winner will be announced on Aug. 7th on 13 Tacos and Taps’ social media platforms and will be determined by which margarita was the top seller. The two margaritas up for battle:

    1. “Tamarind Margarita” by Cece Moreno of Food Diary of A City Girl This margarita features tamarind pulp simple syrup using sour tamarind pods. Served in a rocks glass with a Tajín coated rim.

    2. “OOO-Out of Office” by Nancy Thapa Mango and passionfruit margarita topped with diced mangoes, mint and a black salt rim.


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.

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 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 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!