The Food Bank is committed to serving those in need, and we’re very thankful for the trust that’s placed in us – by our donors, our volunteers, by our Partner Agencies. We could never do this important work alone. Below are just some of the ways we’re working to safely get food out into the community throughout COVID-19.
The urgent need of the people in our 34 counties has been unprecedented—and so has the Food Bank’s response. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, there were 547,720 individuals, families, and seniors in central and eastern North Carolina facing hunger. This includes 169,770 children and teens, who did not always know when their next meal would be. These numbers were down significantly from what we knew for 2016, when nearly 600,000 people were facing hunger in our 34 counties. Our strategies for nourishing people, building solutions, and empowering communities were working to break the cycle of hunger! Unfortunately, and unsurprisingly, a new study from Feeding America projects the number of food-insecure neighbors in our service area to grow by 38%, including 49% growth for children and teens. That means approximately 756,320 people (1 in 5 people) may face hunger in 2020, including 253,570 children (1 in 3 children).
Even with a 38% increase in need, and despite food supply chain challenges unlike any we’ve seen in the Food Bank’s 40 year history, we’ve been able to distribute a record amount of food to the community thanks to our network of partner agencies. These efforts and impacts would not be possible without the incredibly generous support of our donors. They reached out immediately to find out what was needed, and thanks to their generosity, we are able to keep the level of food going to our partner agencies consistent. We've also received support from federal and state government resources for programs, food, and funds. We’re very grateful to have the trust of this community to address the urgent need for hunger relief.