RALEIGH — Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the N.C. State Fair last week generated 243,005 pounds of food for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.
The results, announced Friday, fell short of the goal of 250,000 pounds set by fair officials, but was more than the 214,000 pounds donated last year. The increase came about in part because it took five cans of food instead of four to get free admission to the fair on Hunger Relief Day last Thursday.
The donation also included 10,878 pounds of canned black beans, bottled water and Jello used to build a replica of Dorton Arena in the Exposition Center at the fair.
Food Lion has sponsored Hunger Relief Day for 10 years. The largest amount of food donated was more than 247,000 pounds in 2010.
The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina provides food to soup kitchens, church pantries and other relief agencies in 34 counties.