Visit our COVID-19 Preparedness & Response page for information on the precautions we are taking, the ways you can help, and how to find food.

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.

Because of the devastating impact of COVID-19, the Food Bank has seen a staggering increase of approximately 38% in need over the last year, in the 34 counties we serve. This means that approximately 200,000 MORE people didn't always know where their next meal would come from. In all, more than 750,000 seniors, children, and families were at risk of food insecurity.

Since March of 2020, the Food Bank distributed nearly 159 million pounds of food. This equates to more than 132 million meals. It took an incredible number of resources, support, and partnership to get this done. We’re consistently distributing more food to people in need each month this fiscal year as compared to last. Since the beginning of COVID-19, the Food Bank has spent about 8 times our standard budget in food purchases, to ensure the amount of food going out to the community can remain consistent and increase as we’re able to meet the need of our friends and neighbors.

Another 357 boxes of food distributed to veterans, active duty military, and their spouses – this time in Hillsborough. Thank you Gary Sinise Foundation for the additional funding that enabled our Sandhills Branch to expand this program beyond Moore County. Thanks also to North Carolina National Guard for carrying out the distribution & supporting our COVID-19 relief work. Partnership Power!

     

Fridges, and coolers, and freezers – oh my! These appliances are heading to our local Partner Agency food pantries, to increase their capacity for perishable foods. This is a big deal because the more produce, diary, & meats they can receive from the Food Bank, the more healthy food they can distribute to neighbors in need!

Special thanks to our sister food bank, MANNA FoodBank!

A mother with 6 children came to the Food Bank, urgently needing food. “We will take whatever you can give,” she said. “We didn’t have enough food to eat last night, so they are extra hungry today.” Thanks to your support, our Office Administrator Laurel provided her with a box of emergency groceries, a list of local Partner Agency food pantries, and quite a bit of the extra bread we had on hand that day. Thank you for making this important work possible!

Our farmer and grower partners have been incredibly generous with their donations of produce! We are very thankful to have fresh and nutritious food available to serve people during this time of increased need.

     

Web traffic to our food pantry directory (foodbankcenc.org/findhelp) has skyrocketed since COVID-19 reached North Carolina.

This April we distributed a record-breaking 7.68 million pounds of food to our community. This is the largest single-month distribution the Food Bank has recorded in its 40-year history.

During this time of unprecedented need, we’re thankful for the added support from our donors and partner agencies, and the work that went into ensuring people who need this food could receive it:

• Increased transportation resources to provide additional food to communities
• Coordinated with new partners to ensure needs are being met for people across our 34 counties
• Increased the distribution of fresh produce, thanks to our farmer and grower partners

We don’t yet know the long term impact COVID-19 will have, but as always, the Food Bank is here for the long haul.

Three reasons we’re grateful for our Housekeepers, Larry & Jacky: they’ve always upheld the highest level of cleanliness & sanitation; as COVID-19 means more cleaning, they’ve risen to the occasion; and on top of everything, they also pack emergency food boxes for neighbors in need!