28 01, 2019

Distributing Food to Seniors Provides Enlightening Experience

2019-01-28T12:18:49-05:00

“It’s hard to believe that people could survive on so little,” Chris said after looking at the qualifications for the CSFP Program. “Unfortunately, it is all too real.” Nearly 50,000 seniors in our 34-county service area live at or below the poverty level.

Distributing Food to Seniors Provides Enlightening Experience2019-01-28T12:18:49-05:00
13 08, 2018

What does the Farm Bill mean to the Food Bank and the people we serve?

2018-08-13T16:34:00-05:00

In the 34-counties the Food Bank serves, approximately 16% of people are food insecure, including: 1 in 3 children; approximately 1 in 10 senior citizens; and many members of our veteran community. The Food Bank operates Farm Bill programs such as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), and the Commodity [...]

What does the Farm Bill mean to the Food Bank and the people we serve?2018-08-13T16:34:00-05:00
3 05, 2018

Reaching seniors with nutritious food

2018-05-03T13:38:56-05:00

Nello has lived in Halifax County his entire life – all 84 years. He enjoys life in Enfield, where he fishes, grows tomatoes in the summer, and cooks for his wife Lossie. But like nearly 14% of NC seniors, Nello and Lossie struggle to pay bills and buy the groceries they need. “As long as [...]

Reaching seniors with nutritious food2018-05-03T13:38:56-05:00
16 05, 2016

Thousands of Seniors Suffer Silently

2016-05-16T16:31:33-05:00

When our Benefits Outreach Coordinators travel across Food Bank CENC’s 34 county service area, they hear a lot of “No.” Do you receive food stamps? No.Do you want to see if you’re eligible for them? No. It's their jobs to increase access to FNS Benefits (known nationally as the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program or SNAP and [...]

Thousands of Seniors Suffer Silently2016-05-16T16:31:33-05:00
4 12, 2015

Getting By on Bread and Water

2015-12-04T17:16:56-05:00

By Zach Nissen, Food Bank Food & Nutrition Services Outreach Coordinator Accepting help can be difficult for a person who has worked their whole life to build a secure future. Like Mary, a 91-year-old widow living in Durham whom I recently met while doing outreach in the community. She broke her hip earlier this year [...]

Getting By on Bread and Water2015-12-04T17:16:56-05:00
17 05, 2015

Why We Need to #SolveSeniorHunger

2015-05-17T16:09:03-05:00

“It’s hard to be old. It’s harder to be old and poor. And it’s even harder than that to be old, poor, and sick.” –Ms. Claudette, Bread For Life food pantry Food insecurity affects people of all ages. But unique dietary needs related to aging, medical conditions, and impeded mobility make seniors particularly vulnerable to [...]

Why We Need to #SolveSeniorHunger2015-05-17T16:09:03-05:00
29 12, 2014

What Would You Choose: Medicine or Food?

2014-12-29T14:50:57-05:00

Choices – we all face them in our lives and some are harder than others. Helen knows all about making difficult choices. Now in her 70s, Helen formerly owned and operated a small business for years until the economy forced her to close the doors. Making final payments to her vendors only added to her [...]

What Would You Choose: Medicine or Food?2014-12-29T14:50:57-05:00
19 12, 2014

The Day I Found Hunger Close to Home

2014-12-19T10:35:39-05:00

By Molly Rivera   As a Food Bank staff member, I've traveled to many churches, schools, community centers, and food pantries across our 34 county service area to meet people living with food insecurity and help tell the story of hunger in our communities. I've visited a Kids Cafe in Rockingham, a food pantry in [...]

The Day I Found Hunger Close to Home2014-12-19T10:35:39-05:00
22 05, 2014

Safeguarding Seniors

2014-05-22T17:35:41-05:00

This post is part of a series on Older Americans Month. We encourage you to raise awareness and join the conversation by sharing this post with your friends and family to help the more than 43,000 seniors who struggle with hunger in our region. “It’s hard to be old. It’s harder to be old and poor. [...]

Safeguarding Seniors2014-05-22T17:35:41-05:00
1 05, 2014

Seniors Forced to Forgo Food Needed to Stay Healthy

2014-05-01T11:35:48-05:00

After a lifetime of contributing to society, over 43,000 seniors in our 34 county service area are living on fixed incomes that often force them to choose between paying for healthcare and buying groceries. We meet many clients at the soup kitchens, food pantries and shelters we serve who are attempting to live—during what should [...]

Seniors Forced to Forgo Food Needed to Stay Healthy2014-05-01T11:35:48-05:00