One child in four in our community will go hungry tonight. That's not the way things should be.
Won't you join us and make a difference for kids in need? Here's how:
Donate food: From April 1-25, donate nutritious, nonperishable foods in plastic or metal containers at your neighborhood Harris Teeter.
Give on Feed the Need Day: On Saturday morning, April 25, look for volunteers at select Harris Teeter stores who will accept donations of food and cash.
Become informed: Watch The N&O and its network of 10 community newspapers for news articles, photographs and columns highlighting hunger and the Food Bank's work to end it, along with ads inviting you to contribute.
The N&O would like to thank our presenting sponsors, Syngenta, Biogen and Harris Teeter for their support of this annual community service project. We also appreciate the media sponsorship of ABC-11.
In just eight years, Feed the Need has been responsible for providing more than 2 million meals to hungry people in our community. In 2014, Feed the Need raised $48,700 in cash and more than 10,500 pounds of food.
Feed the Need supports the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, one of our community's most effective and respected nonprofits.
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties for more than 35 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 800 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through distribution centers in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills, and Wilmington. In fiscal year 2013-2014, the Food Bank distributed more than 53 million pounds of food and non-food essentials through these agencies. Sadly, food insecurity remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. In these counties, more than 651,000 people struggle to access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for an active and healthy life; one third of these are children.