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July 3, 2010 - Camp Feeds Kids' Minds And Bodies
News & Observer, Raleigh
For 11-year-old Dyani Debnam, getting fruit in her lunch is a highlight of the day. The soon-to-be sixth-grader is taking part in a summer camp sponsored by the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina that provides free, nutritious meals to children when schools are not in session.
June 29, 2010 - 40 Million Pounds 'In The Bank' And Hungry Are Still Being Helped
Herald Sun, Durham
Forty million pounds of food. That's how much the Durham branch of the nonprofit Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina has collected to help hungry people since opening in 1999, and it marked that milestone Tuesday with balloons and cheers, but a reminder donations are still needed.
May 28, 2010 - Food Bank Reminds That “There’s No Vacation From Hunger”
GlobalShift
Summer vacation is a welcome and anticipated break for many K-12 students, but for low-income students that may rely on their school’s free and reduced meal program, summer vacation means the loss of a meal.
May 28, 2010 - Food Bank Expands Summer Food Program for Youths
WRAL, Raleigh
The Food Bank has doubled the number of locations where it supports a summer program that provides food to low-income children. The federal Summer Food Service Program provides the children with breakfast and lunch when school isn't in session, but North Carolina officials estimate that the program is reaching only 8 percent of the 700,000 students statewide who qualify.
May 21, 2010 – Food Bank: Demand Continues to Grow
WRAL, Raleigh
Directors of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina say the demand for food in the last year has grown so high they are distributing items in record numbers. Demand for food is up as much as 60 percent, while the amount of donations remains even. But managers say every little bit helps.
April 25, 2010 – Food Bank Gears up for Summer Demand
The Pilot, Southern Pines
"She came to us and had children to care for and no food," said Michael Cotten, outreach coordinator for the Sandhills branch of the Food Bank. "When we have an emergency like that, people can't wait until Monday morning to find a food pantry, so we put together some food for her." A struggling economy coupled with the fast-approaching end of the school year means that many more area residents, especially children, will be in need of food.
Winter 2010 – The Hands That Feed
Endeavors Magazine, Chapel Hill
In 2009, UNC professor Maureen Berner, East Carolina political scientist Sharon Paynter, and photojournalist Donn Young documented the work of nonprofits and volunteers who help feed the working poor. When they first teamed up to study food insecurity, they had two main questions: Who are the people who seek food from pantries? And for how long do they need help?
April 11, 2010 – Food Bank Helps Fight Summer Hunger
The Cary News, Cary
It's a phenomenon educators know well - students who eat for free at school, but go hungry over weekends and breaks. To raise more awareness of the need for food during the summer months, the Food Bank will hold its annual Kids Summer Stock initiative in June.
April 9, 2010 – Volunteers Keep Food Bank Fed
The Daily Reflector, Greenville
The week of April 18-24 is National Volunteer Week in the United States. At the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina we know all too well that the action of the people (our volunteers) enables us to assist more than 540,000 persons in the 34 counties of our service area, for whom food insecurity is a daily reality.
April 7, 2010 – Hunger Has Many Faces
The Herald, Johnston County
Across the state, more people are depending on food banks, soup kitchens and charities to sate their hunger. "We're just trying to keep up," said Peter Werbicki, President/CEO of the Food Bank.
April 7, 2010 – Kids volunteer to help the hungry
The Cary News, Cary
Even in a cavernous warehouse, tiny hands can help. Every two weeks, dozens of children speed the flow of tons of food from donors to hungry people by volunteering at the Food Bank. "I've never seen them hustle this much, and here they are helping people," says one mother.
April 6, 2010 – Food Pantries Stretched by the Newly Unemployed
The Cary News, Cary
Continued job loss in the last two years has just meant more grumbling stomachs. More laid off workers are coming in for food, but the crucial need remains: children at home without government-subsidized meals in the summer and seniors on fixed-income.
March 31, 2010 - Cafe Feeds the Body & Mind
The Herald, Johnston County
"You can't study on a hungry stomach," said Mike Sims, director of the Kids Cafe in Clayton. The afterschool program is part of a nationwide effort started by Feeding America that includes 27 sites overseen by the Food Bank to provide meals, mentoring & tutoring.
March 31, 2010 – Feed the Need: A Community Affair
Eastern Wake News, Wake County
The Community Helpers Services Center in Knightdale are only thinking of one thing - doing to others as they'd want others to do to them. The group has now worked with the Food Bank since 1999, and says Feed the Need is an extremely important community service project.
February 21, 2010 - Gardeners Grow Food For The Homeless
MyNC.com, Johnston County
A group of volunteers in Johnston County is learning about gardening and growing food for the homeless at the same time. They're growing a mixture of crops for the homeless, including cucumbers, tomatoes, and basil. All the vegetables will go to the Food Bank.
January 31, 2010 - Professors hope research helps communities
Daily Reflector, Greenville
Professors Sharon Paynter and Maureen Berner began The North Carolina Hunger Project, in which the women collect data about food banks and pantries, and the people associated with them. Through their findings, the professors and the photographer are able to tell the stories of the people who regularly visit food pantries, and how these organizations manage to operate with little funds. As their research continues and expands, they’ve partnered with the Food Bank.
January 18, 2010 – Marbles Kids Museum & Architects Can-Do Spirit Feeds the Hungry
Carolina Newswire, Raleigh
Five teams of local architects, designers & engineers took over Marbles Kids Museum on Saturday to create structures built for feeding, not housing. All food used in building the amazing structures will be donated to the Food Bank.
January 6, 2010 - Guinness World Records on board with NCSSM food drive
Herald Sun, Durham
Guinness World Records could give the North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics a place in history this spring. Guinness e-mailed the school to say that it would examine documentation of the attempt to set a record for the world's largest single-day, single-site food drive. All donated food will be distributed by the Food Bank.
November 25, 2009 - Families in need are thankful for those who donated food
WECT, Wilmington
Some of those less fortunate will have a nicer Thanksgiving thanks to the generosity of local organizations. WRAPP and the Food Bank handed out everything from potatoes to pumpkin pie, providing families with plenty of side items to serve with their turkey.
November 23, 2009 - Local Social Service Agencies See Greater Need This Holiday Season
MyNC.com
As we enter into the holiday season, local social service agencies are finding that as the unemployment rate increases so does the demand for emergency services. Among those agencies seeing increased need is the Food Bank. It is taking in more food through donations, but finding it’s shipping it out almost as fast as it comes in.
November 17, 2009 - A Call Answered
News & Observer, Raleigh
The sad news is that requests for help from the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina are up 30 to 60 percent in that 34-county area. It takes no marketing genius or sociologist to figure out the reason: People are out of work, and worried that eventually their families will go hungry. Some, many in fact, have never before been in a position of having to ask for help.
November 13, 2009 - Generosity Races Against Hunger
News & Observer, Raleigh
More people are poor and hungry this year because of the recession, and even though area charities say they are seeing a more generous spirit, donations are unlikely to keep up with demand. The Food Bank has seen requests for food rise by 30 percent to 60 percent in the 34 counties it serves, said Peter Werbicki, president and CEO.
September 16, 2009 - Food Bank Marks Its 10th Anniversary
Reflector.com, Greenville
Over the last 10 years, the Greenville branch has provided more than 42 million meals to children, families, the elderly and those who are simply having a rough time. Join me in celebrating the food bank's anniversary.
September 12, 2009 - In the Triangle, Honors Mark a Bleak Day
News & Observer, Raleigh
Firefighters, politicians and students in the Triangle observed the eighth anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks with quiet memorials and volunteerism. U.S. Rep. Brad Miller, a Raleigh Democrat, went to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, where he sorted and labeled food with student volunteers from Campbell University.
August 15, 2009 - Hungry Eyes: More NC Children Go Without Food
Star-News, Wilmington
The three children hadn’t eaten a full meal in two days. In desperation, their grandparents knocked on the door of a downtown Wilmington church. “They got the food, drove out of the parking lot and stopped beside the road to feed the kids right away,” said Jennifer Caslin, development manager at the Wilmington branch of the Food Bank.
July 29, 2009 - Nature Center Program Gives Big to Food Bank
Herald Sun, Durham
On a recent hot day -- the kind that makes well-tended vegetable gardens thrive -- Christine Hughes, an instructor in the Goodwill Community Foundation's Nature Center Program, showed Sarah Spruill how to use a pair of snips to harvest an eggplant while leaving the green plant intact. That eggplant and other vegetables will take their place alongside about 1,236 pounds of fresh produce that the farm has donated so far this year to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
July 8, 2009 - Children Still Fed In Summer
News & Observer, Raleigh
Despite millions of meals served during the school year to children from low-income households, those same children may be at risk of going hungry over summer break. In North Carolina and other states, that's where the Summer Food Service Program comes in. The Wake school system is partnering with the Food Bank to feed more than 400 children in rural parts of the state.
June 29, 2009 - Triangle Charities See Increased Need And Lower Donations
MyNC.com
The tight economy is affecting the Triangle's charitable organizations. Agencies are trying to figure out how to do more with less as need skyrockets. One of those agencies dealing with increased demand and lower donations is the Food Bank.
June 25, 2009 - Nonprofits scrambling to meet demand
News & Observer, Raleigh
Most nonprofit organizations in the Triangle are seeing increased demand for their services as their income from donations and government grants are flat or on the decline, according to a survey by the Triangle Community Foundation. Federal stimulus money and steady donations have helped the Food Bank keep food coming into its warehouses. This year, though, the food goes out almost as soon as it comes in, said spokeswoman Christy Simmons.
April 15, 2009 - Food pantries face growing demand
The Chapel Hill News
Asked whether the recession has driven up demand for emergency food at the Orange Congregations in Mission pantry, the Rev. Sharon Freeland doesn't have to consult a log book to check the figures. "Oh, my goodness, yes," she says. "Yes, yes, yes."
April 14, 2009 - Nothing Goes To Waste
EasternWakeNews.com
No farmer wants to see his crop waste away on the vine. So when Jimmy Lee finished harvesting watermelons, he began looking for another outlet for the rest of the melons in his fields. The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina took about 100,000 lbs. of watermelons off the Lee family’s farm last year.
April 7, 2009 - Students Reap Benefits
EasternWakeNews.com
Every Friday, 35 students stop in the office at Hodge Road Elementary School and pick up a special backpack. It’s loaded with food to meet their nutritional needs and supplement the food supply at home over the weekend. This is the BackPack program of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
April 6, 2009 - Perdue's Bet Benefits Food Bank
WRAL, Raleigh
A wager Gov. Beverly Perdue made on the University of North Carolina basketball team has benefited the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. She won 75 pounds of Washington potatoes, which she donated to the food bank.
March 13, 2009 - Life after Layoff? Try Volunteering
WRAL, Raleigh
If you are out of work, there is a way you can network, learn new skills and stay motivated. Volunteering may not pay money, but it can demonstrate a community commitment that could impress a potential employer.
March 3, 2009 - After-school program at church assists kids with school and life
Star News, Wilmington
Wilmington Residential Adolescent Achievement Place, an after-school program for kids struggling in the classroom, provides help with homework, cultural enrichment, a hot meal, an academic curriculum, and some free time for games and fun. Community support comes from partnerships with the Food Bank, the school district and other groups.
February 19, 2009 - Congressman Butterfield Visits Area Food Bank
WNCT, Greenville
As people continue to lose their jobs, they are faced with a number of questions, one of which for some is where their next meal might be. Today, Congressman G.K. Butterfield took a first hand look at what’s becoming a bigger operation at the Food Bank in Greenville.
February 12, 2009 - Food Bank Launches Program to Help Elderly Access Benefits
The Pilot, Southern Pines
The Food Bank is launching a one-year outreach project in three different counties to help more senior citizens get access to benefits through the Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) program. In Moore County, the project is partnering with the Sandhills Moore Coalition and the Sandhills Interfaith Food Pantry. Agencies are working on how to get the word out to eligible seniors who are not taking advantage of the benefits.
February 12, 2009 - Pilot Outreach Program Puts Focus on Food Resources Seniors
Daily Reflector, Greenville
To ensure seniors have access to essential food resources, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina launched a pilot outreach program Wednesday in Pitt County. The Food and Nutrition Services Program Outreach Project, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program, is designed to raise awareness and educate potential participants about the benefits of the program.
February 12, 2009 - Food Bank Tosses Peanut Butter Product
ABC 11, Raleigh
Volunteers at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina are taking action in the salmonella outbreak. They have been forced to throw out hundreds of pounds of peanut butter products that have been recalled.
January 17, 2009 - NC Museum's Sculpture Focuses On Food Awareness
WITN, Greenville
A North Carolina museum is celebrating healthy eating by displaying sculptures made out of canned food. The Marbles Kids Museum in Raleigh opens what's become its 10th annual Canstruction competition on Saturday.
January 5, 2009 - Local Chef releases 100th episode to raise money for the Food Bank of NC
Carolina Newswire, Raleigh
Chef Todd Mohr, founder of Savor Hospitality and The Cooking School, announced Cooking Coarse, his daily video blog (vlog), will release its 100th episode next Friday, January 9th. Proceeds collected from the event will be donated in entirety to The Food Bank.
January 5, 2009 - Bank with a simple bailout plan: Feeding the hungry in eastern NC
Daily Reflector, Greenville
With the end of the holiday season, food bank workers want to remind the community that people are at risk of hunger all year long. The holiday season was a success due to the support of the community, but the food bank needs support all year.
January 1, 2009 - Pickle Drop Teams up with Food Bank
Mt. Olive Tribune, Mt. Olive
Mt. Olive Pickle Company will again team up with Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina during the 2008 New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop.
November 17, 2008 - Local Residents Rocked Out for a Worthy Cause
Business News, Triangle
Hundreds of local residents from the Falls River and Bedford subdivisions showed support for the Food Bank by donating nearly 400 pounds of food at the Falls River Town Center festival. The benefit concert, held November 7, featured cover band Pleasure to Burn and supported the local cause.
November 16, 2008 - Food Bank Teams With Golf Courses
The Pilot, Sandhills
The Sandhills branch of the Food Bank is working with area golf courses to drive hunger out of Moore County. Three area golf courses -- The National, Talamore and Little River -- will donate a portion of greens fees as part of the Drive Hunger Out of the Sandhills promotion.
November 14, 2008 - Food Bank fights poor economy
News 14, Raleigh
Non profit groups are working hard to make sure no one goes hungry in North Carolina, but the slump in the economy has trickled down to affect those organizations. The good news for many is that donations to the Food Bank are slightly up from last year according to officials. The bad news is that demand has gone up even more.
November 11, 2008 - Scott Walker at the Food Bank
Carolina Hurricanes News, Raleigh
This Saturday, Scott Walker dropped the gloves…only this time he was helping fight hunger. Scott and his family visited Raleigh’s main branch of the Food Bank to present them with a grant from the Carolina Hurricanes Kids ‘N Community Foundation and help out with Kids Day.
November 11, 2008 - Food Bank: Demand outweighing supply
WRAL.com, Raleigh
Donations are down while demand is up at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. The economic downturn is hitting food banks hard. Supplies are dwindling and demand for free groceries is expected to continue to increase until the economy turns around.
October 18, 2008 - Food pantries in danger of running out of stock
Star News, Wilmington
Next week, the Salvation Army will have to turn away families who come to their food pantry for emergency food bags. With the economic downturn as a backdrop, donations of food and money at the downtown location are down. The Salvation Army buys foods from The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to supplement donations.
October 17, 2008 - Food Bank Fight
Rocky Mount Telegram, Rocky Mount
Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina fights hunger in 34 counties. This year the fight has become more difficult because of inflation, job layoffs and food shortages.
September 29, 2008 – Food Bank Official Says Hunger is on the Rise
Daily Reflector, Greenville
Rough economic times are leading to more hungry families in the east needing help from local food banks. The Food Bank's Greenville branch held an open house Monday to highlight the National Hunger Action Month of September at a time when the high price of gas and a mortgage crisis is leading to hard times for families on the verge of poverty.
September 15, 2008 – NC provides hurricane relief to TX
ABC 11, Raleigh
Late Monday afternoon workers at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina were busy loading a tractor trailer. "This is a load that is going down to San Antonio, Texas in response to Ike where a large number of evacuees are being sent," said Charlie Hale.
September 8, 2008 – Economy Impacting Local Food Banks
WITN-TV, Greenville
Across the nation and right here at home food banks are facing empty shelves as people facing hard financial times are donating less. The Greenville branch of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina says the food inventory is very low and they're concerned.
September 2, 2008 - Food Programs Feeling Crunched
Herald Sun, Durham
Food banks across the state and nation are asking for help this fall as the economic conditions have increased the demand for their services while reducing surplus food they rely on. Families living on minimum wage sometimes must make tough choices between paying a utility bill or buying food; others must choose between buying food or medicine.
August 20, 2008 - Food Bank Holding Drive To Pay For Higher Fuel Costs
News & Observer, Raleigh, NC
The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, a nonprofit organization that provides food for people who are hungry in 34 counties in central and Eastern North Carolina, is holding a fuel drive this month to raise money to keep its trucks on the road as it deals with a 61 percent increase in diesel fuel expenses.
August 19, 2008 - Nonprofits get pumped by high gas prices, too
Herald Sun, Durham
Asking for money. Finding joint drop-off spots. Eliminating left turns. Those are some of the tactics two Triangle organizations that help hungry North Carolinians are employing to cope with the high price of filling up their delivery trucks.
August 15, 2008 – Local News Briefs: Food Bank Holds Fuel Drive
Herald Sun, Durham
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is holding a fuel drive to keep its trucks on the road. The Food Bank’s spending on diesel fuel increased by 61% this past year.
August 8, 2008 - Community gives Union Mission a helping hand
Roanoke Daily Herald, Roanoke Rapids
There is food back on the shelves of the Union Mission . . . the results of the generosity of many Valley residents was reflected with the arrival of nearly 4,000 pounds of food from the Food Bank in Raleigh.
July July 24, 2008 – Letter to Editor: Hunger Never Rests for Schoolchildren
The Pilot, Southern Pines
For children in low-income families, going to school means getting at least two good meals a day. During the summer that is no longer a source for hungry kids.
July 16, 2008 - Duke and Durham Police Host Free Carnival to Benefit Food Bank
As skyrocketing grocery bills prompt more Durham families to seek assistance from local food banks, the Duke community is pitching in to help by hosting a food drive and free carnival.
July 4, 2008 - Spurred to Donate
News & Observer, Raleigh
In the economic downturn of the 1990’s, we were grateful for the help of food stamps, school lunch programs and our church’s food pantry. Today I’m writing a check to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina…
June 25, 2008 - Food bank it
News & Observer, Raleigh
We couldn’t agree more that IRS rebate checks should go to those in need. Join us in sending our “rebate” to the Food Bank.
June 23, 2008 - Kids Summer Stock Launches Series of Food Drives
Daily Reflector, Greenville
It’s been a tough year for people in the business of helping others. “Everyone’s seeing an increase in demand,” says Peter Werbicki, President/CEO. They’ve launched a series of Food Drives to meet the need.
June 4, 2008 - Etheridge visits area to talk food bank funding
Rocky Mount Telegram, Rocky Mount
As fuel costs steadily increase, so do the prices of food – which continues to put a strain on community food banks and food pantries throughout Eastern North Carolina. U.S. Rep. Bob Etheridge, D-2nd District, and representatives from the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, were in Rocky Mount on Tuesday morning to address the issue.
June 1, 2008 - How would you feel if this was your only meal of the day? An then it was gone.
Wrightsville Beach Magazine, Wilmington
In the four-county area served by the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina's (FBCENC) Wilmington branch - Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender counties - more than 50,000 of our neighbors are at risk of hunger, living at or below the poverty level, and 30 percent of them are children.
May 31, 2008 - Summer Food Drive to Replenish Supplies
The Pilot, Southern Pines
To offset the increased demand for assistance, the Sandhills branch of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in Southern Pines is reaching out to the community. To help raise funds and supplies, the branch is partnering with First Fridays in Southern Pines for a Sandhills Kids Summer Stock event.
May 29, 2008 - Food costs rise for charities
News & Observer, Raleigh
Relief agencies and their clients caught in the same economic undertow – food supplies dwindle while lunch lines keep growing.
May 23, 2008 - Food Bank stresses growing needs
Rocky Mount Telegram, Rocky Mount
The Food Bank distributed more than 32.6 million pounds of food in fiscal year 2006-07 to a network of 870 participating agencies – food pantries, shelters, soup kitchen and group homes. Rising food and fuel prices are challenging the food bank's collection efforts while the need grows.
May 21, 2008 - Concert Friday Benefits Food Bank
News & Observer, Raleigh
A teenager's concert Friday night will benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC. Four bands will play Friday at 7 p.m. in Kenan Auditorium at Durham Academy's Upper School. Canned food donations are strongly encouraged.
May 18, 2008 - One Country’s Table Scraps, Another Country’s Meal
NY Times, NY
Grocery bills are rising through the roof. Food banks are running short of donations. And food shortages are causing sporadic riots in poor countries through the world.
May 17, 2008 - Sandhills Food Bank Facing Difficult Times
The Pilot, Southern Pines
The Sandhills branch of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in Southern Pines is hungry for support. A slumping economy, rising gas prices and the lingering effects of a drought have created an increased demand for assistance, said Peter Werbicki, director of the Food Bank.
May 16, 2008 - Hungry for Help
News & Observer, Raleigh
Could there be any more painful indication of the tough times many families are in than to know that some will not have enough food to eat? Yet that's the reality, right here, right now in an area where the "image" for many is of prosperity and abundance.
May 11, 2008 - Postal Workers Pick up Food for Hungry
WRAL, Raleigh
Postal carriers collected more than 240,000 pounds of food from doorsteps across central and eastern North Carolina on Saturday as part of the nation's largest single-day food drive.
May 1, 2008 - Even The Food Banks Are Going Hungry
News & Observer, Raleigh
Across the Triangle, those who distribute food to the needy say they have seen a spike in demand. Pantries and dozens of others get food from the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC. Help stock the pantries - Letter carriers will collect food on May 10 as part of Stamp Out Hunger.
April 29, 2008 - Open Letter to Congress
Former North Carolina Congresswoman Eva Clayton writes an open letter to Congress expressing her concerns with the group's inaction on the Farm Bill.
April 28, 2008 - Facing Hunger: Feeding America
CBS News
The Early Show kicked off a 12-day food drive, Facing Hunger: Feeding America, leading up to the nation's largest single day food drive, Stamp Out Hunger (Letter Carriers Food Drive). Local affiliate WRAL-TV is accepting donations on behalf of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC. Additionally, the public is asked to drop-off non-perishable food drive donations at the Food Bank branches nearest you you. Click here for driving directions.
April 19, 2008 - You ‘Fed the Need.’ Thanks
News & Observer Dan Barkin Column, Raleigh, NC
“If you gave me a buck last Saturday at the Bojangles in Knightdale, that means you are a real philanthropist, because I am one truly bad fund-raiser.” Dan Barkin shares his experience volunteering for Feed the Need.
April 13, 2008 - Food Bank gets funds to combat child hunger
The Daily Reflector, Greenville, NC
The Food Bank recently received a grant to expand the 27 Kids Cafe after-school programs currently in 25 counties.
April 11, 2008 - ‘Feed the Need’ raises money to feed hungry children
News & Observer, Raleigh, NC
When most schools let out for the summer in a few weeks, thousands of North Carolina children from the Piedmont to the coast will be at risk of going hungry. Feed the Need aims to fill the Food Bank’s larders for warm weather demand.
April 6, 2008 - Feed the Need Special Insert
News & Observer, Raleigh, NC
Food Bank and clients face challenges: rising gas prices and drought increase the need and the effort to meet it. This special Sunday insert features these articles:
A Day at Food Central – The goal at the Food Bank’s warehouse is to meet the need.
ECU American Fisheries Society – Members volunteer several times a semester.
For agencies, it’s food safety first – The increase in perishable food means food safety training for agencies.
Helping Hands – Rebecca Clark – Rebecca volunteers every week at the Food Bank branch in Greenville.
Old, new members have same goal – The need is there and, old or new, agencies have the same goal.
Time to unite and fight hunger – “Hunger is a worthy opponent and it will take all of us working together to defeat it” says N&O President Orage Quarles III.
Volunteers fight hunger in many ways – If the Food Bank’s doors are open, you can bet that there’s a volunteer inside working.
A friend in your neighborhood – “Thank you for being a friend in your neighborhood by supporting Feed the Need” says FBCENC President Peter Werbicki.

March 28, 2008 - Sandhills Classical Students Take Top Honor
The Pilot, Southern Pines
One hundred and thirteen schools participated in the holiday “Students Against Hunger” food drive. Sandhills Classical Christian School won the top honor in the Multi-Grades category.
March 22, 2008 - Feed the Need
News & Observer, Raleigh
Heard about the new “either-you-eat, or-your-kids-eat” diet? More than 400,000 people served by the Food Bank are at risk of hunger.
March 14, 2008 - Raleigh Celebrating St. Patrick’s Day
NBC 17, Raleigh
St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival Bring the ‘Wearin’ O The Green’ to the Capital City. In memory of the more than one million Irish who died in the Potato Famine 150 years ago, marchers and spectators are asked to make a canned food donation to the Food Bank.
March 12, 2008 - Charities: Economy and Drought Hurting
NBC 17, Raleigh
The Salvation Army often relies on the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to supplement donations, but outside forces have had an impact. Food Bank President/CEO Peter Werbicki says the quality and selection of produce such as tomatoes and sweet potatoes has dropped since the historic drought set in last year.
March 9, 2008 - Food Bank, club unite to feed children
Rocky Mount Telegram, Rocky Mount
A new partnership is providing children of the Boys & Girls Club of Nash/Edgecombe Counties with nutritious dinners and healthy habits. The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina recently started a Kids Cafe program in Rocky Mount.
March 7, 2008 - NCCU Makes a Big Donation in Fight Against Hunger
Campus Echo Online
NCCU was the top college among area universities to donate the most actual pounds of food for the Food Bank’s “Hoops for Hunger” food drive.
March 1, 2008 - Paint the Town Green
Carolina Parent
More than 3,500 marchers are expected to bring the spirit of Ireland’s patron saint to Raleigh for the city’s 26th annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade and Festival. Canned food donations will benefit the Food Bank.
February 29, 2008 - That’s a WRAAP: UNCW students help kids get better start on learning
Star News, Wilmington
Thompson and a group of UNCW students started this semester volunteering at Wilmington's Residential Adolescent Achievement Place, or WRAAP, an after-school program targeting children from high-risk neighborhoods. The day includes a full meal, provided by the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and cooked at the church.
February 15, 2008 - Kids Cafe After-School Program Opens in Snow Hill
WNCT-TV, Greenville
Folks in the east are tackling hunger but they are taking a different approach. The food bank opened a new kids cafe after school program in Greene County.
February 4, 2008 - Local Charity Wins Despite Patriots’ Loss
NBC 17, Raleigh
Super Bowl XLII is now in the history books, and even though the Patriots lost, their fans in the Triangle made sure those in need won. The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina asked football fans to support their "Souper Bowl Food and Fund Drive." The New England Patriots Fan Club of North Carolina was one group that answered that request.
February 4, 2008 - Hoops for Hunger raises money for food bank
NEWS 14, Raleigh
The head women's basketball coach at North Carolina State University is taking charge of a new team. Coach Kay Yow will serve as the honorary chair of the Hoops 4 Hunger Food and Funds Drive. The benefit brings together students and the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.
February 4, 2008 - Seniors hope Senate will get them a check
News & Observer, Raleigh
Seniors are hoping to be included in the U.S. Congress’ economic stimulus plan. They make up about 18% of the 400,000 people at risk for hunger in the 34 counties served by the Food Bank. Refund checks would be welcomed by seniors, as they also suffer from the current economic hardships.
February 3, 2008 - Help the Hungry on Super Sunday
NEWS 14, Raleigh
You might not be the only one that has the munchies come Super Bowl time. The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is encouraging football fans to participate in their Souper Bowl initiative.
February 3, 2008 - Rotarians support state food bank programs
Rocky Mount Telegram, Rocky Mount
Rocky Mount Rotary Club member, Bill Shrago (Area Smith Barney Investment Executive) brought his daughter, Anne Shrago (Food Bank volunteer) to their regular meeting on January 28. Food Bank staff spoke about their mission and their need for support from the local community.
January 15, 2008 - Businesses and Organizations Supporting BackPack Pals
The Pilot, Southern Pines
Businesses and organizations play an important role in the success of the BackPack Pals program, a program of Moore County Schools created to meet the needs of children known to have little or nothing to eat over a weekend.
January 4, 2008 - Pickle Drop ‘dill-lights’ crowd
Mount Olive Tribune, Mt. Olive
Ninth annual New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop event raises 1,180 pounds of food for the Food Bank.
December 30, 2007 - Giant Pickle Ready for Mt. Olive New Year’s Celebration
WRAL, Raleigh
Mt. Olive Pickle Company is making final preparations for the 9th annual New Year’s Eve Pickle Drop. New this year is a canned food drive to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
December 19, 2007 - Inmates Help Food Bank with Donations
NBC 17, Raleigh
Some Wake County inmates are giving back to the community this holiday. On Tuesday, 13 inmates donated $1,000 worth of food to the food bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
December 10, 2007 - A Giving Season
The News & Observer, Raleigh
The holiday season is all about decked halls and swarming malls, but it also finds a large number of people in need. Requests for help with food, bills and gifts are up significantly, while donations to fill requests haven't always kept pace.
December 02, 2007 - BackPack Pals Program Seeks Volunteers
The Pilot, Southern Pines
Volunteers play an important role in the success of the BackPack Pals program, a program of Moore County Schools created to meet the needs of children known to have little or nothing to eat over a weekend.
November 29, 2007 - Growing Needs Stretch Relief Agencies
News & Observer, Raleigh
Requests are up, but donations aren't keeping pace. So those helping the needy this holiday season face the job of stretching their supplies from food to toys.
November 21, 2007 - Drought Hurts Food Bank Supply Just as Demand for Help Grows
WRAL, Raleigh
The drought is playing a role in drying up supplies at Raleigh's food bank, and that couldn't come at a worst time.
November 18, 2007 - Senator Dole tours, discusses Food Bank
NEWS 14, Raleigh
A North Carolina lawmaker is applauding those who help the hungry. This weekend, Sen. Elizabeth Dole toured the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in Raleigh.
November 16, 2007 - Local organizations try to 'make a difference'
Technician Online, Raleigh
Local organizations, such as the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina and the Raleigh Rescue Mission, are taking part in the nationwide effort to create greater awareness about hunger and homelessness.
November 16, 2007 - 2007 Heart of Carolina Food Drive
ABC 11 WTVD, Raleigh
ABC 11, along with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina, Talecris, Embarq and Kroger are sponsoring a food drive now through December 5th.
November 15, 2007 - View the 2007 Heart of Carolina Food Kick Off Press Conference
ABC 11 WTVD, Raleigh

November 1, 2007 - Durham Food Bank Feeds Needy by the Ton
The Durham Flyer
In the five-county Durham area, there are 23,000 children who live below the poverty level. While more people remember to donate food around the holidays, the need for food aid doesn’t start in November or end at Christmas.
November 1, 2007 - 2007 Garden Crusader Brenda Brodie
Gardener’s Supply, Burlington, VT
Founder of SEEDS program in Durham was presented with the Education Award for her work with at-risk youth. Today the SEEDS Garden is a thriving hub of the local community. The local food bank has offices next to the garden where they use surplus produce from the community garden to feed the hungry; food waste from the food bank goes back to the community garden for composting.
October 26, 2007 - BackPack Pals Program Adds Another Five Schools
The Pilot, Southern Pines
Five more schools have joined the BackPack Pals Program in the Sandhills area. J. Caprice Brown was responsible for the program receiving grants from Bayer Crop Science in 2006 and 2007.
October 26, 2007 - Final Tally Not In, But Fair Looks Like Record Ride
The News & Observer, Raleigh
Food Collected: Last year 103,323 attended Hunger Releif Day. This year, a rare rainy day kept the crowd down to 88,801. More than 217,000 pounds was collected in 2006 versus more than 174,000 pounds for 2007.
October 20, 2007 - Danny Lauderdale Column: Drought-tolerant Small Trees
The Daily Reflector, Greenville
The area watered more time than any was the vegetable garden at the Pitt County Arboretum. Drip irrigation allowed a harvest of 505 pounds of produce for donation to the Greenville Branch of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC.
October 18, 2007 – “Can” You Go to the Fair Today for Good Cause?
WRAL-TV, Raleigh
Thursday could be one of the biggest days attendance-wise at the N.C. State Fair. Fairgoers who bring in four cans of food will be admitted for free.
October 18, 2007 - Attendance up at Hunger Relief Day
News 14 Carolina, Raleigh
So far this year, more than 460,000 people have enjoyed the State Fair. In fact, Tuesday's number broke a 20-year attendance record. Officials hope the trend will continue on Hunger Relief Day.
October 18, 2007 - Free State Fair Admission With Canned Foods
NBC 17, Raleigh
Today is the day fairgoers can have some fun and at the same time help out those in need. The North Carolina State Fair’s is offering fairgoers free admission if they bring four or more cans of food during its annual canned-food drive.
October 10, 2007 - Walk Benefits Hunger Relief
Star-News, Wilmington
More than 2,000 CROP walks are held every year across the nation to fight hunger… Julie Brewer has been a part of the CROP Hunger Walk almost every year since 1979.
October 8, 2007 - Movable feast visits RBC Center
The News & Observer, Raleigh
Harris Teeter kicks off its annual food drive by serving more than 4,000 dinners.
October 7, 2007 - Crop Hunger Walk Held in Downtown Raleigh
WRAL-TV, Raleigh
Hundreds of people in Raleigh pounded the pavement Sunday to fight hunger.
October 3, 2007 – Need to Know: New Hanover County CROP Hunger Walk
Star-News, Wilmington
Walkers wanted to fight hunger. The 28th annual New Hanover County CROP Hunger Walk will be at 2 p.m. Oct. 14 at Greenfield Lake.
September 27, 2007 - Brunswick agency’s proactive approach keeps families on their feet
Star-News, Wilmington
Food Bank at Wilmington partner agency, Brunswick Family Assistance: To hear Bruce Talbott tell it, a helping hand supports you in a time of need and deserves payback so others can reap the benefits. Talbott and his two school-age children are among 50 families whose fortunes and futures are being changed by a supportive housing program begun this summer by Brunswick Family Assistance.
September 16, 2007 - Food bank receives 22-foot refrigerated truck
The Daily Reflector, Greenville
The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina at Greenville held a ribbon cutting for its new 22-foot refrigerated truck Friday during a food distribution for needy families.
September 13, 2007 – Food Bank Taps Werbicki
WRAL-TV, Raleigh
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina has named its acting president and CEO, Peter Werbicki, as the permanent head of the organization, effective immediately.
September 13, 2007 – Food Bank Taps Werbicki
Philanthropy Journal, Raleigh
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina has named its acting president and CEO, Peter Werbicki, as the permanent head of the organization, effective immediately.
September 13, 2007 - Helping Out: Feed the Need
News & Observer, Raleigh
The Lakes Apartment Homes hosted a Feed the Need Fall Festival benefiting the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.
August 14, 2007 - Donated Meat Boosts Struggling Food Pantries
WECT-TV, Wilmington
Several charitable agencies in Brunswick, New Hanover and Pender counties received food donations from the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at Wilmington. About 14,000 pounds of meat donated by Smithfield Foods was distributed to 20 area agencies, including six in Brunswick County.
August 13, 2007 - Large Meat Donation
Star-News, Wilmington
Smithfield Foods is donating 70,000 pounds of meat to local food banks. A portion of that food was dropped off at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina in Wilmington.
August 7, 2007 - Summer Program for Teens Teaches Life Skills
The Daily Reflector, Greenville
Teens Building Character, a program for 12 to 15 year olds is offered by Pitt County Community Schools and Recreation. The program focuses on keeping teens busy physically and socially while introducing them to life skills they need to build on as they grow older. They helped at the local Food Bank.
July 24, 2007 - Recall Affects Local Food Banks
WECT, Wilmington
A nationwide recall continues to grow and impact local organizations that help feed the hungry. More than 90 brands of canned meat products from Castleberry's Food Company are being recalled because of fears that the products contain botulism. Employees at the Wilmington warehouse of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina worked to remove the recalled cans.
July 5, 2007 - Police unit backing summer food drive
The News & Observer, Raleigh
The Victim Services/HOIST Unit of the Durham Police Department is sponsoring a summer food drive to support the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina in Durham. Through Aug. 1, residents are asked to donate nonperishable food items or money to the food bank to meet summer demands.