A story behind the numbers:
While helping our branches distribute over 100,000 lbs of proteins this week, Food Bank CENC President/CEO Peter Werbicki had the chance to speak with several people impacted by Hurricane Matthew.
They told me they feel forgotten. As emergency response agencies depart and shelters close, they have nowhere to shower or brush their teeth. With homes destroyed by floods, many are living in cars.
But they also told me “thank you.” They recognize the Food Bank has not forgotten their reality. And thanks to the support of our generous donors, we will stay for as long as there is need. Thanks to your donations, our neighbors know they are not forgotten.
As of November 8, volunteers have packed food donated by community food drives into 2,930 disaster relief boxes. We’ve loaded those onto 125 truckloads and sent them to 25 affected counties: Brunswick, Columbus, Craven, Duplin, Edgecombe, Greene, Harnett, Hoke, Johnston, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Onslow, Pamlico, Pender, Pitt, Richmond, Sampson, Scotland, Vance, Wake, Wayne, and Wilson. In all, we’ve sent 1,410,002 pounds of food and supplies to those in need. And we couldn’t have done it without you.
Thank you to our incredibly supportive donors, partners, volunteers, and community members who have given so generously to help meet the great needs throughout our communities.
Sadly, we know the challenges facing our neighbors are not over. There continues to be a great need for cleaning supplies and hygiene items, such as these. Thanks to your donations, the Food Bank will be with our neighbors for as long as necessary. If you would like to support (or continue supporting) our disaster efforts, here’s what you can do.
Thank you for making our work possible. We truly couldn’t do it without you.