Fighting hunger takes a village.

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina recently announced our Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Partnership Recognition Program, which honors the generous support of corporate, foundation, government, and civic donors across our 34-county service area.

We are able to serve more neighbors in need every year, thanks to our community partners, most recently 59 million meals served last year because of their generous donations and volunteer service.

At an event held at our Raleigh Branch, the Food Bank thanked our top donors who have supported the Food Bank with funding, food donations, and/or volunteer hours. Top donors include Food Lion, the Walmart Foundation, Full House Farms, and Publix Super Markets Charities.

“We are incredibly grateful for the generosity of our partners and friends across all sectors of the community,” said Peter Werbicki, President and CEO of the Food Bank. “Without their support, we would not have been able to distribute enough food to serve 59 million meals last year.”

The Food Bank also honored Earline Middleton, Vice President for Agency Services & Programs, with our annual Hunt-Morgridge Service Award, which recognizes extraordinary leadership and dedication to hunger relief. Earline has been a leader at the Food Bank for more than 25 years, playing a vital role in the implementation of anti-hunger and anti-poverty legislation as well as working with her team to greatly expand the capacity of the non-profit organizations with whom the Food Bank partners.

But don’t take our word for it! Hear for yourself what some of Earline’s peers have to say about her accomplishments and her wonderful spirit:

To see a complete list of donors and recognition levels, please visit

Big round of applause to all the generous business, groups, and individuals for believing in our No One Goes Hungry mission, and making this important work possible. Thank you for being our village.