north carolina association of feeding america food banks

Feeding America and Feeding the Carolinas strive to end hunger in North Carolina by supporting 7 regional food banks spread across the state. and uniting people in the work of ending hunger in Western North Carolina. Feeding America, the nation's largest domestic hunger relief organization. Tough times have sent North Carolina families to new depths of food hardship (NCPC) and the North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks.

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Feed the Children tops the list of the nation’s largest independent food banks with revenue of $288 million in the first of what is expected to be an annual ranking by Food Bank News. The data is for Fiscal Year 2019.

Feed the Children in Oklahoma City, Okla., is the only food bank on the Top 10 list to operate in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia. It also serves people in 10 countries.

A close second is Midwest Food Bank, based in Normal, Ill., with $278 million in Fiscal 2019 revenue. Like Feed the Children, Midwest operates in multiple states and countries, with locations in nine U.S. states and one each in East Africa and Haiti.

Both Feed the Children and Midwest Food Bank are independent food banks, meaning they are not part of the Feeding America network, a nationwide association of 200 food-bank members and 74 food-bank distribution partners. Members of Feeding America make up the rest of the Top 10:

  • Texas food banks have a strong presence on the list, with Houston Food Bank (No. 3), North Texas Food Bank (No. 8) and San Antonio Food Bank (No. 10) all;
  • The nation’s first food bank, St. Mary’s Food Bank of Phoenix, Ariz., came in at No. 4;
  • Food banks in the Southeast have a strong showing, with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina (No. 5) and Atlanta Community Food Bank (No. 6); and,
  • New York City-based City Harvest is the sole representative of the Northeast at No. 9

“Our list of the Top 10 Food Banks offers a comprehensive look at the largest forces in food banking at a time when charitable food has become more important than ever to the health and well-being of millions of people in our country,” said Chris Costanzo, founder and editor of Food Bank News. “We see our list as a starting point for accelerating conversation and information exchange about the biggest players in food banking and the strategies they are deploying to end hunger.”

Conceived more than 50 years ago as a temporary solution to hunger, food banks have evolved to become a critical layer of the nation’s food system, helping to improve the wellness and nutritional intake of millions of people living in the U.S., according to Costanzo.

Before the pandemic, food banks helped to improve the lives of more than 37 million food-insecure people, including 11 million children. The need has become even more intense due to COVID-19, with estimates that 54 million people in total are food-insecure or unsure at some point during a month’s time where their next meal is coming from, according to data from Feeding America.

Food Bank News used ProPublica’s Nonprofit Explorer as its source for Form 990 tax filing information, supplemented by financial data from food bank websites. The full overview is available at https://bit.ly/3ich3fg

Источник: https://www.thenonprofittimes.com/npt_articles/feed-the-children-tops-independent-food-bank-revenue-list/

Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC named Feeding America’s member of the year

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is being recognized for its hard work to fight hunger. 

Feeding America — a national organization — is naming our region’s organization as its food bank member of the year. 

This is one of the highest honors awarded to people and groups working to fight hunger.

More people are in need of food assistance because of the pandemic. 

Employees say it’s a problem without a quick solution.

“One in five people could be food insecure because of this pandemic and one in three kids could be food insecure because of this pandemic. So, we are still distributing a lot of food and we’re still purchasing a lot of food,” explains Jennifer Caslin, the Marketing and Project manager for The Food Bank of Central and Eastern N.C.

Workers say Feeding America was impressed by the food bank’s branch system and operations and how those efforts work to meet community needs.

For more information on The Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, you can click here.

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Leading into this holiday season, Smithfield and Lowes Foods are partnering to help feed North Carolina families by donating more than 345,000 pounds of protein to the NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks' seven food-assistance organizations throughout the state as part of Smithfield's "Helping Hungry Homes" program.

These organizations include Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC (Winston-Salem), Manna Food Bank (Asheville), Food Bank of the Albemarle (Elizabeth City), Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (Charlotte), Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (Raleigh), Food Bank of Southeastern North Carolina (Fayetteville), and Interfaith Food Shuttle (Raleigh).

Racing legend Richard Petty, who has partnered with the Smithfield Helping Hungry Homes program to donate thousands of pounds of protein over recent years, will be present to discuss the importance of these donations from Smithfield, and to help raise awareness about the necessity of providing assistance to our neighbors in need. Smithfield sponsors the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford with driver Aric Almirola.

Representatives from Smithfield and Lowes Foods will present the donation at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 22, during a press conference at Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, located at 3655 Reed Street, Winston-Salem, NC.

"Hunger remains a significant and growing problem across our service area and entire state, with more than 1 in 6 people facing uncertainty over whether they will have enough to eat," said Clyde W. Fitzgerald, Jr., Executive Director for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC. "Together with our partners and allies such as Smithfield's Helping Hungry Homes program and our friends at Lowes Foods, the seven members of the NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks are providing food and hope to those who have too little of both. We are deeply grateful for this very significant donation of protein, which will benefit our respective partner agency networks and the neighbors in need we serve together."

"We, at Lowes Foods, are proud to be a part of this most generous donation from Smithfield," said Tim Lowe, President of Lowes Foods, LLC. "The need within all of the communities that we serve is so great, and adding 1.3 million servings to our food banks right here in North Carolina is a true blessing."

"Smithfield has been one of our strongest partners in helping feed hungry families in North Carolina, and is known for supporting food banks across the country through their Helping Hungry Homes program," said Kay Carter, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, and Chair of NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks. "This donation arrives at a time when food banks throughout the state are responding to an increased need in their communities. We appreciate the partnership and commitment of Smithfield and Lowes Foods to bring this substantial donation to North Carolina."

"Of all the food we distribute, the need for protein is the most critical," said Alan Briggs, Executive Director of NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks. "These Smithfield products will be especially welcome as we work to provide holiday food assistance to our neighbors throughout the state."

"The No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team is honored to participate in this donation with our sponsor, Smithfield," said No. 43 team owner Richard Petty. "So many race fans are loyal customers of Smithfield, and shop at Lowes Foods, so it's great to seem them giving back to communities especially during the holiday season."

"Smithfield has made more than 175 donations across the country under the company's Helping Hungry Homes program," said Dennis Pittman, Smithfield Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. "We're proud to make this substantial donation alongside Lowes Foods to help alleviate hunger in North Carolina during the holiday season."

Smithfield Foods and its independent operating companies have a long history of stocking food banks, supporting after-school nutrition programs and providing food relief in the wake of natural disasters. In January 2008, Smithfield established their Helping Hungry Homes® initiatives to help ensure that American families in need do not go hungry.

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Food banks continue to see increased need as holidays approach

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a sharp increase in need at local food pantries.

"Nearly 760,000 people in our service area could be food insecure due to the pandemic," said Jennifer Caslin, the Marketing & Project Manager at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

It reports a 38% increase in need, with many of those people reaching out for the first time.

"That ranges anywhere from people that were already struggling to people who are struggling for the first time because they've never been through something like this before because maybe they lost a job or hours have been cut," Caslin said.

On Giving Tuesday, donations are triple matched, thanks to thanks to our partners Delta Air Lines, GFL Environmental, and Railinc. That means a $1 donation equals 15 meals.

"It makes it hit home every single time that you meet someone who needs food assistance and needs foot help that I really could be anyone that could end up in this situation. Tomorrow it could be me, or somebody in my family, or it could be a neighbor," Caslin said.

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina was named Food Bank of the Year for 2020 by Feeding America. That's one of the highest honors awarded by the national association.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina is seeing a 40% increase in need.

"It's really heartbreaking right now because as a parent you want to take care of your family and your kids. And there's nothing more distressful than knowing you're having a difficult time taking care of your children," said David Griffin, Second Harvest's Food Bank Director.

In its seven-county region, Second Harvest reports one in six people are food insecure, one of four of who are children.

"You see the pain in their heart because their child is asking why can't they have something else (to eat). And so many people are out there are dealing with that same type of thing," Griffin said.

ABC11 is teaming up with both food banks as part of our ABC11 Together Food Drive, which runs through December 9. To learn how you can get involved, click here.
Источник: https://abc11.com/food-banks-wake-county-hunger-relief-abc11-together-drive/8420870/

Association Donates $50,000 to the Feeding America Food Banks

Raleigh, NC (June 11, 2014) –As part of the 19th Annual North Carolina General Assembly Legislative Food Drive, the CFIC and the North Carolina Retail Merchants Association (NCRMA) joined with Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger (R-Rockingham) and House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg) to declare June “Stop Summer Hunger Month” in North Carolina.

“Our retail members wholeheartedly support such a worthy cause and give to their community food banks all year,” said NCRMA President and General Counsel Andy Ellen. “Retail merchants see firsthand the daily needs of their customers for various types of food, paper products, hygiene and specialty items. They also have a heightened awareness of the many disadvantaged citizens in North Carolina who do not always have the financial resources they need in order to buy these products for themselves or their children. Summer is an especially difficult time for families with school-age children who no longer have access to the free and reduced lunch program provided by the state.”

The presentation to the North Carolina Association of Feeding America was made at 11:30 a.m. this morning during a press conference in the North Carolina Legislative Building.

Senate President Pro Tem Phil Berger (R-Rockingham), continuing the tradition that began in 1995, attended and spoke at the press conference. Other speakers included House Speaker Thom Tillis (R-Mecklenburg), North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks Executive Director Alan Briggs, and NCRMA President and General Counsel Andy Ellen.

Additionally, CFIC presented a $50,000 check to Feeding America and a portion of this donation will be earmarked for the Backpack Buddies programs at partner agencies across the state. The donation is made possible through the association’s charitable foundation, the Retail Consumer Alliance Foundation (RCA). Governor Pat McCrory, recognizing the great need to help North Carolina’s most vulnerable citizens, signed the proclamation declaring June Stop Summer Hunger Month late last week.

North Carolina retailers are the largest supporters of the state’s food banks providing cash donations to purchase equipment or vehicles; holding storewide food drives throughout the year; and through in-kind donations via programs such as the Legislative Food Drive and the statewide Retail Recovery program. This year NCRMA and CFIC members CVS Caremark, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods, Publix, Sheetz, and Walmart participated in the event and provided data about their annual giving in North Carolina. Just from this handful of retailers, 52,410,594 pounds of food and $1,465,718 was donated in 2013 statewide, which is the equivalent of 51.4 million meals.

“We appreciate the efforts by the NCRMA, CFIC and the legislative leadership each year to promote public awareness of hunger and to support this annual legislative food drive,” said Alan Briggs. “Every day our food banks work hard to find sufficient food to feed our needy neighbors across North Carolina. And every day the state’s retailers help us get that food. We have no more steadfast partners than our state’s grocers, drugstores and other retail merchants. We are grateful and proud to have such great donors and supporters.”

NCRMA and CFIC have actively participated in the General Assembly’s Food Drive since its inception. In addition to their member donations, everyone at the legislature is asked to bring items for the North Carolina Association of Feeding America. In 2013, the North Carolina Food Banks collected over $300 in cash donations and 200 pounds of food from legislators, staffers and lobbyists. In total, the 2013 collections and donations provided 856,320 meals to our neighbors in need!

“No child should go hungry. We are grateful to Governor McCrory for this proclamation and to the legislative leadership for their continued support to raise awareness of this critical situation across our state,” said Ellen.

About the North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks – The North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks covers all 100 of the state’s counties and provide food assistance for an estimated 1.6 million residents annually – about 1 in 6 North Carolinians.

  • North Carolina and Louisiana lead the nation with the highest percentage of children under 5 years of age who are food insecure on a regular basis: 1 in 4. (23.5%).
  • Of the 671,000 low-income children in North Carolina who receive lunch assistance during the school year, only 98,000 will be able to participate in feeding programs this summer;
  • 80% of NC households with children who receive food assistance don’t know where their next meal is coming from.
  • 28% of food pantries in NC have had to turn people away for lack of food.
  • 35% of families served by food banks have been forced to choose between paying for food or for their rent/mortgage.
  • NC has several cities that are among the highest food insecurity rates in the nation: Asheville, Greensboro-High Point, and Winston-Salem.

Nearly 95 cents of every dollar we receive is used to put food on the table for our neighbors in need. CFIC members encourage others to donate to North Carolina’s Feeding America Food Banks online at www.ncfoodbanks.org.

Источник: https://cficweb.org/blog/2014/06/11/cfic-join-nc-state-leaders-declare-june-stop-summer-hunger-month/

Food banks continue to see increased need as holidays approach

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a sharp increase in need at local food pantries.

"Nearly 760,000 people in our service area could be food insecure due to the pandemic," said Jennifer Caslin, the Marketing & Project Manager at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

It reports a 38% increase in need, with many of those people reaching out for the first time.

"That ranges anywhere from people that were already struggling to people who are struggling for the first time because they've never been through something like this before because maybe they lost a job or hours have been cut," Caslin said.

On Giving Tuesday, donations are triple matched, thanks to thanks to our partners Delta Air Lines, GFL Environmental, and Railinc. That means a $1 donation equals 15 meals.

"It makes it hit home every single time that you meet someone who needs food assistance and needs foot help that I really could be anyone that could end up in this situation. Tomorrow it could be me, or somebody in my family, or it could be a neighbor," Caslin said.

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina was named Food Bank of the Year for 2020 by Feeding America. That's one of the highest honors awarded by the national association.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina is seeing a 40% increase in need.

"It's really heartbreaking right now because as a parent you want to take care of your family and your kids. And there's nothing more distressful than knowing you're having a difficult time taking care of your children," said David Griffin, Second Harvest's Food Bank Director.

In its seven-county region, Second Harvest reports one in six people are food insecure, one of four of who are children.

"You see the pain in their heart because their child is asking why can't they north carolina association of feeding america food banks something else (to eat). And so many people are out there are dealing with that same type of thing," Griffin said.

ABC11 is teaming up with both food banks as part of our ABC11 Together Food Drive, which runs through December 9. To learn how you can get involved, click here.
Источник: https://abc11.com/food-banks-wake-county-hunger-relief-abc11-together-drive/8420870/

Leading into this holiday season, Smithfield and Lowes Foods are partnering to help feed North Carolina families by donating more than 345,000 pounds of protein to the NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks' seven food-assistance organizations throughout the state as part of Smithfield's "Helping Hungry Homes" program.

These organizations include Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC (Winston-Salem), Manna Food Bank (Asheville), Food Bank of the Albemarle (Elizabeth City), Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (Charlotte), Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (Raleigh), Food Bank of Southeastern North Carolina (Fayetteville), and Interfaith Food Shuttle (Raleigh).

Racing legend Richard Petty, who has partnered with the Smithfield Helping Hungry Homes program to donate thousands of pounds of protein over recent years, will be present to discuss the importance of these donations from Smithfield, and to help raise awareness about the necessity of providing assistance to our neighbors in need. Smithfield sponsors the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford with driver Aric Almirola.

Representatives from Smithfield and Lowes Foods will present the donation at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 22, during a press conference at Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, located at 3655 Reed Street, Winston-Salem, NC.

"Hunger remains a significant and growing problem across our service area and entire state, with more than 1 in 6 people facing uncertainty over whether they will have enough to eat," said Clyde W. Fitzgerald, Jr., Executive Director for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC. "Together with our partners and allies such as Smithfield's Helping Hungry Homes program and our friends at Lowes Foods, the seven members of the NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks are providing food and hope to those who have too little of both. We are deeply grateful for this very significant donation of protein, which will north carolina association of feeding america food banks our respective partner agency networks and the neighbors in need we serve together."

"We, at Lowes Foods, are proud to be a part of this most generous donation from Smithfield," said Tim Lowe, President of Lowes Foods, LLC. "The need within all of the communities that we serve is so great, north carolina association of feeding america food banks adding 1.3 million servings to our food banks right here in North Carolina is a true blessing."

"Smithfield has been one of our strongest partners in helping feed hungry families in North Carolina, and is known for supporting food banks across the country through their Helping Hungry Homes program," said Fifth 3rd bank locations Carter, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, and Chair of NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks. "This donation arrives at a time when food banks throughout the state are responding to an increased need in their communities. We appreciate the partnership and commitment of Smithfield and Lowes Foods to bring this substantial donation to North Carolina."

"Of all the food we distribute, the need for protein is the most critical," said Alan Briggs, Executive Director of NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks. "These Smithfield products will be especially welcome as we work to provide holiday food assistance to our neighbors throughout the state."

"The No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team is honored to participate in this donation with our sponsor, Smithfield," said No. 43 team owner Richard Petty. "So many race fans are loyal customers of Smithfield, and shop at Lowes Foods, so it's great to seem them giving back to communities especially during the holiday season."

"Smithfield has made more than 175 donations across the country under the company's Helping Hungry Homes program," said Dennis Pittman, Smithfield Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. "We're proud to make this substantial donation alongside Lowes Foods to help alleviate hunger in North Carolina during the holiday season."

Smithfield Foods and its independent operating companies have a long history of stocking food banks, supporting after-school nutrition programs and providing food relief in the wake of natural disasters. In January 2008, Smithfield established their Helping Hungry Homes® initiatives to help ensure that American families in need do not go hungry.

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State Anti-Hunger Organizations

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As of mid-November 2021, 40 states, Washington, D.C., Guam, and the U.S. Virgin Islands have been approved to continue EAs for all SNAP households. The statutory authority for those issuances, however, will end when pandemic-related health emergency declarations end.
At that point, unless Congress takes action, all SNAP households will revert to traditional program calculations. On average, SNAP households in the formerly EA states will lose $82 per month in SNAP benefits.

This year, D.C. Hunger Solutions published Still Minding the Grocery Gap: A 2021 Update, which found that no new grocery stores had been built in the past year in low-income Wards. However, there were major policy changes, including significant financial investments, to address the disparities in grocery store access.

On Thursday, October 28, 2021, President Biden announced an agreement for the Build Back Better Act, which includes $10 billion in funding for the Child Nutrition Programs. These critical investments will allow the nation to build back better, ensuring children have access to the nutrition they need year-round and helping overcome the educational, health, and economic impacts of the pandemic.

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SECU Members Partner with North Carolina Food Banks for 6 Million Meal Project

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Raleigh, N.C. – SECU Foundation Board Chair McKinley Wooten, Jr. and NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks Executive Director Alan Briggs met today to sign a $1.2 million Agreement that will provide North Carolinians in need with 6 million additional meals over the next 3 years! The grant from State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members via their Foundation will add 2 million meals per year to clients served by North Carolina food banks – that’s one extra meal per north carolina association of feeding america food banks funded by each of the Credit Union’s 2 million members. The non-profit NC Association serves as a strategic alliance for the six food banks and one food recovery organization in the state, and its affiliated network of 2,500 food pantries, shelters and community groups will help ensure the additional meals reach neighbors in all 100 North Carolina counties.

According to a recent Feeding America research report “Hunger in America 2014,” 81% of North Carolina households receiving assistance don’t know where their next meal is coming from, 73% of NC households served have had to choose between paying for food or healthcare and medicine, 61% served have been forced to choose between buying food and paying for housing and 36% of NC food pantries have had to turn people away for lack of food to distribute.

As part of the Agreement provisions, SECU Foundation’s grant will assist with procuring and distributing additional shelf-stable food items that are not ordinarily donated or are in short supply. The grant will also help procure and distribute additional fruits and vegetables to improve nutritional food stream content, tying in with the Association’s statewide Farm to Food Bank initiative to rescue unharvested or unsold produce. The final result will mean better food for more families in poverty,improved health for the food insecure and boosts to local communities across North Carolina.

“Since 2010, North Carolina has regularly ranked among the top ten states with the highest percentage of citizens experiencing food insecurity and we have one of the highest percentages in the U.S. of children under 18 who are food insecure on a regular basis, 26.7% or over 1 in 4,” said Briggs. “SECU Foundation’s grant will help us close the meal gap, providing a source of funds to purchase basic necessities and help expand our ability to meet the growing needs in our State. We deeply appreciate the support from SECU members through their generous funding and commitment to this project.”

Wooten added, “On behalf of SECU members, we are delighted to be partnering with the NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks to provide much needed assistance for local citizens and bring more awareness to the issue of hunger. The Foundation’s investment in this initiative will also broaden the reach of the Food Bank’s network statewide and help build connections between individual food banks and their partner agencies with Credit Union branches in all counties. We know this effort will make a powerful difference in our State!”

About SECU and the SECU Foundation A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, SECU has been providing employees of the State of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for 78 years. The Credit Union also offers a diversified line of financial advisory services including retirement and education planning, tax preparation, insurance, trusts, estate planning and investments through its partners and affiliated entities. SECU serves 2 million members through 254 branch offices, over 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Contact Centers and a website, www.ncsecu.org. The SECU Foundation, a 501c (3) charitable organization funded solely by the contributions of SECU members, promotes local community development in North Carolina primarily through high impact projects in the areas of housing, education, healthcare and human services.

Источник: https://gma.actionpathways.ngo/content/secu-members-partner-north-carolina-food-banks-6-million-meal-project

Feeding America® Provides Produce For Families In Need With Support From Disney

CHICAGO, Nov. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its commitment to north carolina association of feeding america food banks create healthier generations, The Walt Disney Company has made a contribution to Feeding America® to support efforts to source more produce and increase the amount of nutritious meals provided to children and families who need it most. The funds will be distributed to 30 Feeding America member food banks throughout the U.S. operating produce programs to improve access to nutritious foods. Last year, Feeding America secured more than 1.8 billion pounds of fruits and vegetables and plans to provide even more nourishing produce to families in need this year.

"We know that access to nutritious food is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Yet many people across the country may not know where they will find their next meal and the pandemic further exacerbates this issue," said Blake Thompson, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Feeding America. "We are grateful for Disney's continued support of Feeding America programs that help to provide much-needed produce to our neighbors in need."

As the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief and food rescue organization, Feeding America is a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that provides food assistance north carolina association of feeding america food banks more than 40 million people annually. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Feeding America estimates that more than 50 million people could be food insecure in the United States this year, including 17 million children.

In a unique look behind the scenes, ABC's 'Localish' documented and aired on its network the journey of produce from seedlings grown in the soil of California farms to its transportation at full maturation across the country to a food bank in Illinois, to the logistics and operation efforts led by volunteers to distribute the fresh produce to families across the United States.

Disney has supported Feeding America's efforts to end hunger in the U.S. since 2012, providing significant funding for the organization's produce programs and volunteer efforts at member food banks. This year's funding will help food banks provide more fresh produce to kids and families facing hunger by removing barriers to sourcing and distributing produce, such as building capacity by increasing refrigeration and equipment at food banks or helping to store and distribute fresh produce within communities to people who need it most.

See list of grant recipient food banks below.

Central Texas Food Bank – Austin, TX
Foodshare – Bloomfield, CT
Lowcountry Food Bank – Charleston, SC
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina – Charlotte, NC
Greater North carolina association of feeding america food banks Food Depository – Chicago, IL
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano – Concord, CA
Montgomery County Food Bank – Conroe, TX
Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina – Fayetteville, NC
Treasure Coast North carolina association of feeding america food banks Bank – Fort Pierce, FL
Central California Food Bank – Fresno, CA
Northern Illinois Food Bank – Geneva, IL
Long Island Cares, Inc. – Hauppauge, NY
Community Foodbank of New Jersey – Hillside, NJ
Houston Food Bank – Houston, TX
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County – Irvine, CA
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank – Los Angeles, CA
Food Bank For New York City – New North carolina association of feeding america food banks, NY
City Harvest – New York, NY
Alameda County Community Food Bank – Oakland, CA
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida – Orlando, FL
Food Share of Ventura County – Oxnard, CA
Feeding South Florida – Pembroke Park, FL
Philabundance – Philadelphia, PA
Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina – Raleigh, NC
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Feeding America® Provides Produce For Families In Need With Support From Disney

CHICAGO, Nov. 20, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- As part of its commitment to help create healthier generations, The Walt Disney Company has made a contribution to Feeding America® to support efforts to source more produce and increase the amount of nutritious meals provided to children and families who need it most. The funds will be distributed to 30 Feeding America member food banks throughout the U.S. operating produce programs to improve access to nutritious foods. Last year, Feeding America secured more than 1.8 billion pounds of fruits and vegetables and plans to provide even more nourishing produce to families in need this year.

"We know that access to nutritious food is essential for a healthy lifestyle. Yet many people across the country may not know where they will find their next meal and the pandemic further exacerbates this issue," said Blake Thompson, Chief Supply Chain Officer at Feeding America. "We are grateful for Disney's continued support of Feeding America programs that help to provide much-needed produce to our neighbors in need."

As the nation's largest domestic hunger-relief and food rescue organization, Feeding America is a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that provides food assistance to more than 40 million people annually. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, Feeding America estimates that more than 50 million people could be food insecure in the United States this year, including 17 million children.

In a unique look behind the scenes, ABC's 'Localish' documented and aired on its network the journey of produce from seedlings grown in the soil of California farms to its transportation at full maturation across the country to a food bank in Illinois, to the logistics and operation efforts led by volunteers to distribute the fresh produce to families across the United States.

Disney has supported Feeding America's efforts to end hunger in the U.S. since 2012, providing significant funding for the organization's produce programs and volunteer efforts at member food banks. This year's funding will help food banks provide more fresh produce to kids and families facing hunger by removing barriers to sourcing and distributing produce, such as building capacity by increasing refrigeration and equipment at food banks or helping to store and distribute fresh produce within communities to people who need it most.

See list of grant recipient food banks below.

Central Texas Food Bank – Austin, TX
Foodshare – Bloomfield, CT
Lowcountry Food Bank – Charleston, SC
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina – Charlotte, NC
Greater Chicago Food Depository – Chicago, IL
Food Bank of Contra Costa and Solano – Concord, CA
Montgomery County Food Bank – Conroe, TX
Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina – Fayetteville, NC
Treasure Coast Food Bank – Fort Pierce, FL
Central California Food Bank – Fresno, CA
Northern Illinois Food Bank – Geneva, IL
Long Island Cares, Inc. – Hauppauge, NY
Community Foodbank of New Jersey – Hillside, NJ
Houston Food Bank – Houston, TX
Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County – Irvine, CA
Los Angeles Regional Food Bank – Los Angeles, CA
Food Bank For New York City – New York, NY
City Harvest – New York, NY
Alameda County Community Food Bank – Oakland, CA
Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida – Orlando, FL
Food Share of Ventura County – Oxnard, CA
Feeding South Florida – Pembroke Park, FL
Philabundance – Philadelphia, PA
Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina – Raleigh, NC
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SECU Members Partner with North Carolina Food Banks for 6 Million Meal Project

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Raleigh, N.C. – SECU Foundation Board Chair McKinley Wooten, Jr. and NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks Executive Director Alan Briggs met today to sign a $1.2 million Agreement that will provide North Carolinians in need with 6 million additional meals over the next 3 years! The grant from State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members via their Foundation will add 2 million meals per year to clients served by North Carolina food banks – that’s one extra meal per year funded by each of the Credit Union’s 2 million members. The non-profit NC Association serves as a strategic alliance for the six food banks and one food recovery organization in the state, and its affiliated network of 2,500 food pantries, shelters and community groups will help ensure the additional meals reach neighbors in all 100 North Carolina counties.

According to a recent Feeding America research report “Hunger in America 2014,” 81% of North Carolina households receiving assistance don’t know where their next meal is coming from, 73% of NC households served have had to choose between paying for food or healthcare and medicine, 61% served have been forced to choose between buying food and paying for housing and 36% of NC food pantries have had to turn people away for lack of food to distribute.

As part of the Agreement provisions, SECU Foundation’s grant will assist with procuring and distributing additional shelf-stable food items that are not ordinarily donated or are in short supply. The grant will also help procure and distribute additional fruits and vegetables to improve nutritional food stream content, tying in with the Association’s statewide Farm to Food Bank initiative to rescue unharvested or unsold produce. The final result will mean better food for more families in poverty,improved health for the food insecure and boosts to local communities across North Carolina.

“Since 2010, North Carolina has regularly ranked among the top ten states with the highest percentage of citizens experiencing food insecurity and we have one of the highest percentages in the U.S. of children under 18 who are food insecure on a regular basis, 26.7% or over 1 in 4,” said Briggs. “SECU Foundation’s grant will help us close the meal gap, providing a source of funds to purchase basic necessities and help expand our ability to meet the growing needs in our State. We deeply appreciate the support from SECU members through their generous funding and commitment to this project.”

Wooten added, “On behalf of SECU members, we are delighted to be partnering with the NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks to provide much needed assistance for local citizens and bring more awareness to the issue of hunger. The Foundation’s investment in this initiative will also broaden the reach of the Food Bank’s network statewide and help build connections between individual food banks and their partner agencies with Credit Union branches in all counties. We know this effort will make a powerful difference in our State!”

About SECU and the SECU Foundation A not-for-profit financial cooperative owned by its members, SECU has been providing employees of the State of North Carolina and their families with consumer financial services for 78 years. The Credit Union also offers a diversified line of financial advisory services including retirement and education planning, tax preparation, insurance, trusts, estate planning and investments through its partners and affiliated entities. SECU serves 2 million members through 254 branch offices, over 1,100 ATMs, 24/7 Contact Centers and a website, www.ncsecu.org. The SECU Foundation, a 501c (3) charitable organization funded solely by the contributions of SECU members, promotes local community development in North Carolina primarily through high impact projects in the areas of housing, education, healthcare and human services.

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Leading into this holiday season, Smithfield and Lowes Foods are partnering to help feed North Carolina families by donating more than 345,000 pounds of protein to the NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks' seven food-assistance organizations throughout the state as part of Smithfield's "Helping Hungry Homes" program.

These organizations include Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC (Winston-Salem), Manna Food Bank (Asheville), Food Bank of the Albemarle (Elizabeth City), Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina (Charlotte), Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina (Raleigh), Food Bank of Southeastern North Carolina (Fayetteville), and Interfaith Food Shuttle (Raleigh).

Racing legend Richard Petty, who has partnered with the Smithfield Helping Hungry Homes program to donate thousands of pounds of protein over recent years, will be present to discuss the importance of these donations from Smithfield, and to help raise awareness about the necessity of providing assistance to our neighbors in need. Smithfield sponsors the Richard Petty Motorsports No. 43 Ford with driver Aric Almirola.

Representatives from Smithfield and Lowes Foods will present the donation at 11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 22, during a press conference at Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC, located at 3655 Reed Street, Winston-Salem, NC.

"Hunger remains a significant and growing problem across our service area and entire state, with more than 1 in 6 people facing uncertainty over whether they will have enough to eat," said Clyde W. Fitzgerald, Jr., Executive Director for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC. "Together with our partners and allies such as Smithfield's Helping Hungry Homes program and our friends at Lowes Foods, the seven members of the NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks are providing food and hope to those who have too little of both. We are deeply grateful for this very significant donation of protein, which will benefit our respective partner agency networks and the neighbors in need we serve together."

"We, at Lowes Foods, are proud to be a part of this most generous donation from Smithfield," said Tim Lowe, President of Lowes Foods, LLC. "The need within all of the communities that we serve is so great, and adding 1.3 million servings to our food banks right here in North Carolina is a true blessing."

"Smithfield has been one of our strongest partners in helping feed hungry families in North Carolina, and is known for supporting food banks across the country through their Helping Hungry Homes program," said Kay Carter, CEO of Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina, and Chair of NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks. "This donation arrives at a time when food banks throughout the state are responding to an increased need in their communities. We appreciate the partnership and commitment of Smithfield and Lowes Foods to bring this substantial donation to North Carolina."

"Of all the food we distribute, the need for protein is the most critical," said Alan Briggs, Executive Director of NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks. "These Smithfield products will be especially welcome as we work to provide holiday food assistance to our neighbors throughout the state."

"The No. 43 Richard Petty Motorsports team is honored to participate in this donation with our sponsor, Smithfield," said No. 43 team owner Richard Petty. "So many race fans are loyal customers of Smithfield, and shop at Lowes Foods, so it's great to seem them giving back to communities especially during the holiday season."

"Smithfield has made more than 175 donations across the country under the company's Helping Hungry Homes program," said Dennis Pittman, Smithfield Director of Corporate Communications and Public Affairs. "We're proud to make this substantial donation alongside Lowes Foods to help alleviate hunger in North Carolina during the holiday season."

Smithfield Foods and its independent operating companies have a long history of stocking food banks, supporting after-school nutrition programs and providing food relief in the wake of natural disasters. In January 2008, Smithfield established their Helping Hungry Homes® initiatives to help ensure that American families in need do not go hungry.

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Food banks continue to see increased need as holidays approach

RALEIGH, N.C. (WTVD) -- The COVID-19 pandemic has led to a sharp increase in need at local food pantries.

"Nearly 760,000 people in our service area could be food insecure due to the pandemic," said Jennifer Caslin, the Marketing & Project Manager at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

It reports a 38% increase in need, with many of those people reaching out for the first time.

"That ranges anywhere from people that were already struggling to people who are struggling for the first time because they've never been through something like this before because maybe they lost a job or hours have been cut," Caslin said.

On Giving Tuesday, donations are triple matched, thanks to thanks to our partners Delta Air Lines, GFL Environmental, and Railinc. That means a $1 donation equals 15 meals.

"It makes it hit home every single time that you meet someone who needs food assistance and needs foot help that I really could be anyone that could end up in this situation. Tomorrow it could be me, or somebody in my family, or it could be a neighbor," Caslin said.

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina was named Food Bank of the Year for 2020 by Feeding America. That's one of the highest honors awarded by the national association.

Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina is seeing a 40% increase in need.

"It's really heartbreaking right now because as a parent you want to take care of your family and your kids. And there's nothing more distressful than knowing you're having a difficult time taking care of your children," said David Griffin, Second Harvest's Food Bank Director.

In its seven-county region, Second Harvest reports one in six people are food insecure, one of four of who are children.

"You see the pain in their heart because their child is asking why can't they have something else (to eat). And so many people are out there are dealing with that same type of thing," Griffin said.

ABC11 is teaming up with both food banks as part of our ABC11 Together Food Drive, which runs through December 9. To learn how you can get involved, click here.
Источник: https://abc11.com/food-banks-wake-county-hunger-relief-abc11-together-drive/8420870/

Feed the Children tops the list of the nation’s largest independent food banks with revenue of $288 million in the first of what is expected to be an annual ranking by Food Bank News. The data is for Fiscal Year 2019.

Feed the Children in Oklahoma City, Okla., is the only food bank on the Top 10 list to operate in all 50 states, as well as the District of Columbia. It also serves people in 10 countries.

A close second is Midwest Food Bank, based in Normal, Ill., with $278 million in Fiscal 2019 revenue. Like Feed the Children, Midwest operates in multiple states and countries, with locations in nine U.S. states and one each in East Africa and Haiti.

Both Feed the Children and Midwest Food Bank are independent food banks, meaning they are not part of the Feeding America network, a nationwide association of 200 food-bank members and 74 food-bank distribution partners. Members of Feeding America make up the rest of the Top 10:

  • Texas food banks have a strong presence on the list, with Houston Food Bank (No. 3), North Texas Food Bank (No. 8) and San Antonio Food Bank (No. 10) all;
  • The nation’s first food bank, St. Mary’s Food Bank of Phoenix, Ariz., came in at No. 4;
  • Food banks in the Southeast have a strong showing, with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina (No. 5) and Atlanta Community Food Bank (No. 6); and,
  • New York City-based City Harvest is the sole representative of the Northeast at No. 9

“Our list of the Top 10 Food Banks offers a comprehensive look at the largest forces in food banking at a time when charitable food has become more important than ever to the health and well-being of millions of people in our country,” said Chris Costanzo, founder and editor of Food Bank News. “We see our list as a starting point for accelerating conversation and information exchange about the biggest players in food banking and the strategies they are deploying to end hunger.”

Conceived more than 50 years ago as a temporary solution to hunger, food banks have evolved to become a critical layer of the nation’s food system, helping to improve the wellness and nutritional intake of millions of people living in the U.S., according to Costanzo.

Before the pandemic, food banks helped to improve the lives of more than 37 million food-insecure people, including 11 million children. The need has become even more intense due to COVID-19, with estimates that 54 million people in total are food-insecure or unsure at some point during a month’s time where their next meal is coming from, according to data from Feeding America.

Food Bank News used ProPublica’s Nonprofit Explorer as its source for Form 990 tax filing information, supplemented by financial data from food bank websites. The full overview is available at https://bit.ly/3ich3fg

Источник: https://www.thenonprofittimes.com/npt_articles/feed-the-children-tops-independent-food-bank-revenue-list/

Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC named Feeding America’s member of the year

GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) – The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is being recognized for its hard work to fight hunger. 

Feeding America — a national organization — is naming our region’s organization as its food bank member of the year. 

This is one of the highest honors awarded to people and groups working to fight hunger.

More people are in need of food assistance because of the pandemic. 

Employees say it’s a problem without a quick solution.

“One in five people could be food insecure because of this pandemic and one in three kids could be food insecure because of this pandemic. So, we are still distributing a lot of food and we’re still purchasing a lot of food,” explains Jennifer Caslin, the Marketing and Project manager for The Food Bank of Central and Eastern N.C.

Workers say Feeding America was impressed by the food bank’s branch system and operations and how those efforts work to meet community needs.

For more information on The Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC, you can click here.

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Источник: https://www.wnct.com/local-news/food-bank-of-central-eastern-nc-named-feeding-americas-food-bank-of-the-year/
San Bernardino Counties – Riverside, CA
San Francisco and Marin Food Banks – San Francisco, CA
Second Harvest of Silicon Valley – San Jose, CA
Redwood Empire Food Bank – Santa Rosa, CA
Food Lifeline – Seattle, WA
Capital Area Food Bank – Washington, DC

In addition to funding produce operations, Disney launched their Feed the Love campaign in March 2020, led by ABC and the other media networks, to help provide access to nutritious food during the pandemic. This campaign continues to drive awareness of hunger relief efforts while educating the public at large about how to seek and provide help.

To learn about Feeding America and the network of food banks, visit FeedingAmerica.org/FeedTheLove.

Editor's Note: Attached "Disney's Commitment to Feeding America" infographic

Contact 
Mamie Moore 
Feeding America
312.641.5645

About Feeding America
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the Unites States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 40 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry.

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