Food Distribution

The Food Bank works every day to provide nutritious food to people struggling with hunger. After food arrives at our distribution centers and is sorted by our staff and volunteers, it is then distributed to our network of nonprofit partner agencies —organizations that include food pantries, soup kitchens, and shelters. Our partner agencies are on the frontlines everyday serving people in need and working to end hunger. They form a diverse, dynamic, and passionate network committed to ending hunger at its root causes. And they rely on the Food Bank for consistent access to food, all year round. 

Food gets to the Food Bank’s partner agencies and into the community in multiple ways: 

  • Some agencies come directly to our branches to pick up needed items. These agencies make appointments and are scheduled on a regular basis.  

  • Other agencies place orders with the Food Bank, and the food is then delivered to them, free of charge, on a regular basis.  

We also work with local farmers to facilitate donations of nutritious produce directly to agencies, supporting and empowering our local communities and food systems. This is a way to support and empower our local communities and food systems by coordinating donations between donors and local agencies. You can learn more about our Food Sourcing here.

Occasionally, the Food Bank will work with local agencies to provide direct distributions in communities where there is great or urgent need, for example, after a hurricane or disaster.

Interested in becoming a Food Bank partner agency? 

Thank you for your interest in joining us to fulfill our mission to nourish people, build solutions, and empower communities. We are currently updating our partner agency recruitment and on-boarding processes to better serve our partners and communities in the future. We will begin accepting new applications for partnership in 2020.

Starting in January 2020, all organizations interested in partnering with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina will be asked to attend an Open House to learn more about what partnering together looks like and how we can work alongside one another to best serve those in need in our communities. Please check our website for updates regarding dates, times, and locations for the Open House nearest to you and to reserve your seat. If you have any questions, you are welcome to email

  • These Open Houses will be offered once a quarter at all six of our locations.

  • During these meetings we will share what it means to be a Food Bank partner agency, the history of the Food Bank, how agencies access food, staff and their roles at the Food Bank, and the programs we offer.  

  • We will discuss agency capacity and readiness to take on hunger relief work.  

Once your organization attends an Open House, you will be provided an application for partnership with the Food Bank and we will work with you one-on-one to discuss our partnership, and your role in our agency network and hunger relief in your community.  

Please check back later this year for more updates on the Open House Scheduling.