Troubleshooter: Feed the Need needs you Saturday

Staff WriterApril 15, 2011 

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CORRECTION

A story Friday in Triangle & Co. gave incorrect information about The N&O's Feed the Need community service project. People can donate food at Harris Teeter stores throughout the Triangle today.

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There's no denying that as the economy continues to sputter, lots of people in our community are going hungry.

Since 2008, the need for food from the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina has increased by 30 percent.

Even though the economy appears to be recovering a bit, the Food Bank's need has not declined this year.

And as we approach summer, lots of children in our community will go without their free and reduced-cost breakfasts and lunches at schools.

On Saturday, The News & Observer is hosting Feed the Need Day, during which we sell newspapers for $1 at 12 Bojangles' restaurants in Wake County, and give 75 cents of each sale to the Food Bank to help with this "summer gap." The other 25 cents helps us cover printing and production costs.

In addition, The N&O donates 100 percent of any additional cash taken in, so if someone gives $5 for one paper, we give $4.75 to the Food Bank.

Feed the Need includes a food drive at area Harris Teeter stores (see box with jump of this story), which began April 1 and will continue through Saturday.

Last year, Feed the Need raised about $40,000 and 13,500 pounds of food. That translates into 181,967 meals.

"Food drive donations are down this time of year, and that's why Feed the Need helps," said Peter Werbicki, chief executive of the Food Bank.

I want to raise much more than $40,000 this year.

And to do that, I've come up with my latest giving challenge. Are you ready?

For a $100 donation to our Feed the Need project - 100 percent of which will go to the Food Bank - your name will be entered into a drawing to have lunch with our amazing sports columnists Luke DeCock, J.P. Giglio and Caulton Tudor.

Want to increase your odds? Donate more.

We'll enter your name once for every $100 you donate. Give $300, get three entries. Give $1,000, get 10 entries.

Three winners will be selected to have lunch at The Raleigh Times and get the skinny on our sports coverage from our hilarious, talented and good-looking sports columnists. (Yes, I'm buttering them up for agreeing to do this).

Lunch will take place on a mutually agreed upon date.

You can donate several ways:

Visit FeedtheNeednc.com .

Mail a check with the coupon that's in The N&O.

Mail or drop off a check at the Food Bank at 3808 Tarheel Drive, Raleigh, N.C., 27609. Designate the check for Feed the Need.

Then you need to send me email at troubleshooter@newsobserver.com with your name, the amount donated and your phone number to enter the drawing, which will be held April 29. Get your donations in by 5 p.m. April 28.

And we don't have to stop there.

Businesses, how about setting up your own canned-food drive challenge?

Ask your competitors or your office neighbors to compete to see who can collect the most food, and let me know about it.

Last year Talecris, one of Feed the Need's sponsors, collected about $2,500 and 600 pounds of food from its employees. Love Talecris!

So, folks, let's do this.

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