Give Change for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that serves 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina. The organization distributed 70 million pounds of food in the fiscal year 2016–2017. This included 25,720,411 pounds of fresh produce and 3,822,500 distributed as disaster relief. The Food Bank partners with a network of 845 partner agencies (food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens, group homes) and has distribution centers in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh (main branch), Sandhills (Southern Pines), and Wilmington.

From the organization’s website, “After Hurricane Florence has made landfall, we anticipate thousands of children, families, and seniors in our community will be without power, food, and water. And we know this could just be the beginning. In response, we will be providing emergency food, water, and supplies—for as long as it is needed. Your generosity helps the Food Bank provide emergency and increased assistance to our partner agencies, and to those who have lost so much.”

“Your support throughout disaster relief efforts provides essential meals for our hungry neighbors. Together, we can help people in their greatest time of need. Once disaster relief and recovery needs have been met, any remaining funds and food will be used to support our ongoing hunger-relief efforts.”

The most needed disaster relief items are:

· High-protein canned meals with pop-top cans (ravioli, soups, spaghetti)
· Paper goods and products (paper towels/plates/cups/napkins, plastic utensils)
· Diapers
· Hygiene products (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, etc.)
· Single serving meals that do not require refrigeration or cooking/meals ready to eat
· Single serving snacks such as raisins & granola bars
· Peanut butter
· Cleaning supplies and disinfectant wipes

Along with rounding up at the register next time you shop at the Co-op, funds may also be donated on the Food Bank website. Checks can be mailed to 1924 Capital Blvd., Raleigh, NC 27604.  To discuss your Florence-relief gift, you can email the Vice President of Development

The National Weather Service has a Florence Information page with resources for keeping up with the latest news on the storm and its aftermath.