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Food Bank an invaluable resource

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Thursday, June 7, 2018

On behalf of a group of volunteers from two local academic medical centers, we wish to thank the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC in Greenville and our host, Ms. Brittanie Frieze, for the chance to volunteer for a morning — a mere three hours and over 3,000 pounds of sorted potatoes later — and to learn more about how this powerhouse of a resource in our backyard quietly works to combat hunger every day, in many ways.

Some quick facts we want to share: Established in 1980, the food bank is a nonprofit organization that serves a network of over 800 “partner agencies,” such as soup kitchens, food panties shelters and programs for children and adults. Pitt County is one of 10 counties served by our regional food bank, including Carteret, Craven, Jones, Onslow, Pamlico, Edgecombe, Greene, Lenoir and Wilson. One in three persons served are children; many are elderly. For every $1 donated, the Food Bank provides five meals, or $10 worth of food.

How it works:

■ Food and funds are donated to the Food Bank

■ The Food Bank readies the food for distribution to partner agencies

■ Partner agencies pick up the food or the Food Bank delivers it to the agency

■ Partner agencies provide food to those in need

To learn more, including how to become a partner agency, to volunteer, to donate or if you are in need of emergency food assistance (and do not have access to a partner agency), contact the agency at 252-752-4996 or view its website at Greenville.Foodbankcenc.org.

We are proud to support FBCENC and wanted to spread the word of all this agency does to help make sure no one goes hungry in our homes, communities and region.

Christine Polk, Ciarra Dortche, Karen Carr, Nada Fadul, Susan Howell

Greenville

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