Disaster Relief

Ongoing Florence Recovery

The Food Bank is supporting communities in their relief efforts for the long haul.

The Food Bank’s Role in Disaster Relief

The Food Bank is there to help, in the event of a natural disaster. As an affiliate of Feeding America, we have responded to both national disasters and major weather events within our 34-county service area since 1996.

The Food Bank works in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross to collect and deliver needed food and non-food essentials to victims in affected areas.

How the Food Bank Helps

Previous relief efforts include:

  • Hurricanes Florence  & Michael – 2018: Provided almost 15 million pounds of disaster relief food & supplies to 31 counties. Opened the Food Bank-run first pantry in hard-hit Jones County, that continues to serve 50 families each day of operation even 1 year later.

  • Hurricane Matthew – 2016: Provided over half a million pounds of disaster relief products in 10 days to 18 counties. Long term assistance reached nearly 4 million pounds to 25 counties.

  • Hurricane Irene – 2011: Over the course of 5 weeks, provided over 550,000 pounds of disaster relief products to Pitt, Craven, Jones, Pamlico, Onslow, Lenoir, Halifax, Carteret, Greene, Edgecombe, and Nash counties. Donated warehouse space in New Bern was utilized for much of the effort.

  • April Tornadoes – 2011: Extended hours allowed us to provide nearly 500,000 pounds food and relief items to Wake, Johnston, Lee, Harnett, Greene and Onslow counties.

  • Hurricanes Ike & Gustav – 2008: Provided nearly 34,000 pounds of baby food to Baton Rouge after Hurricane Gustav and 10,000 pounds of ready-to-eat foods such as breakfast bars and crackers to Texas following Hurricane Ike.

  • Hurricane Katrina – 2005: In conjunction with three other food banks, set up a temporary warehouse and sent nine-tractor trailer loads (over 233,000 pounds) of disaster relief products to the Gulf Coast.

  • Hurricane Isabel – 2003: Distributed more than 411,000 pounds of food and relief supplies to Carteret and Pamlico counties.

  • Hurricane Floyd – 1999: The Food Bank was open 24-hours a day for three months after the storm, supplying more than 5.3 million pounds of food and relief supplies to fifteen counties in our service region.

  • Hurricane Bonnie – 1998: Supplied nearly 300,000 pounds of food and relief supplies to our service area and to our sister food bank in the east, the Food Bank of the Albemarle.

  • Hurricane Fran – 1996: During the first 10 days, slightly more than 1 million pounds of food and supplies were distributed to 37 of the 40 counties declared disaster areas in central and eastern North Carolina.