• NEWS You Can USE – August 2019

    NEWS You Can USE – August 2019
    August is Partner Agency Appreciation MONTH - The Food Bank annually works with a network over 900 partner agency food pantries, in our 34-country service area, to distribute food and household supplies to families, children, seniors, and veterans experiencing food-insecurity.  Many of the representatives working at local food pantries are volunteers serving a local nonprofit organization.  The Food Bank's Greenville and New Bern Branches will be recognizing our local food pantries in August for their on-going care and support of their communities.
    Sept 3-5 - Closing The Hunger Gap Conference in Raleigh - Registration Here - https://register.eventmobi.com/cthg2019/landing  

    Sept 19 - Food Bank’s Greenville Branch Preparing for 20th Anniversary Open House Reception . . .
    Thursday, September 19, 2019 – 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
    Greenville Branch, 1712 Union Street, Greenville, NC 27834 
    The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina would like to honor the community, donors, volunteers, and partner agencies who have provided food, volunteer hours, and monetary support making it possible to serve our neighbors in the region experiencing food-insecurity.  September is also Hunger Action Month and we’ll be sharing some simple ways to spread the word about the continued work of the Food Bank. Please join us for beverages and light fare. 
    Attire - business casual ---  Food Provided by Ford+Shep - Greenville, NC ---  RSVP By September 9, 2019 to gyoung@FoodBankCENC.org  --- Please reference you name, organization you represent & number of persons attending.
    Thank YOU Greenville-Pitt County Chamber of Commerce for sharing news about the Greenville Branch's 20th Anniversary!!  
    Sept 28 – The Kitchens of New Bern Tour  . . . Tickets are $25.00 each.  Join with News Channel 12 for an exciting self-guided tour of beautiful homes and state-of-art kitchen designs.  SEE Event Link for updating details -http://www.foodbankcenc.org/site/PageServer?pagename=getinvolved_KitchenTour  
    See News Channel 12’s The Kitchens of New Bern promo spot: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xZAxHGtBH8I&feature=youtu.be 
    Oct 10 – SMOKE IN THE PITT . . . BBQ, Beer, & Bubbles – SAVE-THE-DATE for a fun evening at East Carolina University Murphy Center, Harvey Hall for regional BBQ and beverage stations, live music and auction!  Business and community group sponsors presently being recruited and great auction items will be on-hand for top bidders.  All proceeds benefit the Food Bank’s food distribution and meal programs.
    Food Bank’s Community Partners Churches Outreach Network and Food Lion help expand community outreach and feeding programs at Joys Soup Kitchen . . . SEE Daily Reflector  story . . . http://www.reflector.com/News/2019/07/14/Saturday-outreach-aims-to-increase-food-security-spread-JOY.html

    National Public Radio Reports Federal Government Proposes Changes to Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, or SNAP, (Which was the former Food Stamp program) – SEE LINK https://www.npr.org/2019/07/23/744451246/3-million-could-lose-food-stamp-benefits-under-trump-administration-proposal
    Food Bank's Hunger Matters Newsletter - FALL 2019 - SEE LINK http://www.foodbankcenc.org/site/DocServer/Hunger_Matters_Fall2019_-_web.pdf?docID=10287&AddInterest=1261
    Daily Reflector Reports on The Ulster Project participants volunteering at Food Bank's Greenville Branch - SEE Link  http://www.reflector.com/News/2019/07/06/Ulster-teens-learn-about-diversity-acceptance-and-service.html
    WITN News Reports on Food Bank’s initiative to Provide Refrigeration to Partner Agency Network - SEE
    https://www.witn.com/content/news/Donations-needed-to-purchase-food-bank-refrigerators-to-store-fresh-foods-512448381.html

    Sun Journal Reports on Wood Ducks Baseball Peanut Butter Drive for Food Bank - SEE LINK https://www.newbernsj.com/sports/20190709/peanut-butter-and-baseball
    Coastal Talking Council . . . was held on Monday, July 29, 2019, with the Food Bank’s partner agency food pantry representatives gathering in New Bern to share and learn about food distribution programs, capacity building of their nonprofit organization, food safety, and other topics to help strengthen the Food Bank’s network of associated food pantries in the region.  In the Food Bank’s Greenville and New Bern Branches’ 10-county service area there are over 200 food pantries working with the Food Bank to distribute food products, fresh vegetables, fruits, meats, and household supplies to local families experiencing food-insecurity. Thank you to Food Lion for partnering with us to support the Food Bank’s Coastal Talking Council.
     
    WNCT 9 On Your Side Advances Food Bank’s Stop Summer Hunger Initiative 
    The Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC is annually working to fill the meal gap during the summer months of June and July when school cafeterias are closed for summer recess.  Thousands of children are eligible for no-cost or reduced cost meals, in eastern North Carolina, which are provided when public schools are open.  In conjunction with school districts, which support summertime feeding stations, the Food Bank’s Stop Summer Hunger Initiative is also providing meals for youngsters and their families who struggle with increased household expenses for meals, normally provided at school, child care costs, and increasing electric bills.  There are over 39,000 children in the Food Bank’s Greenville-New Bern Branches’ service area experiencing food-insecurity.
     
    WNCT 9 On Your Side News Anchor Ken Watling served as this year’s Stop Summer Hunger Honorary Regional Chairperson, and kicked-off the initiative, with Greenville Mayor P.J. Connelly on May 30, 2019, at Vidant Health’s Monroe Center, calling for donors and sponsors to support the Stop Summer Hunger and provide funding for a meal goal of 240,000 meals.
     
    “I am very grateful to our greater community, business sponsors, and donors for surpassing our 2019 meal goal, and providing funding for 260,000 meals for local children this summer,” Watling stated.  “On behalf of the Food Bank and the local families they are assisting, we thank a caring community for their support”, Watling added.
     
    WNCT 9 On Your Side supported the Stop Summer Hunger initiative by airing a promotional spot which assisted in educating the community about the need of thousands of local families experiencing food-insecurity and a call for assistance in providing summertime meals.  
     

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