Food Bank marks 20 years
Sunday, September 15, 2019
In December 1999, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina had plans to open a branch in Greenville to help better serve our neighbors in the east. However, Hurricane Floyd had different plans.
Following the storm, the Greenville Food Bank opened and began to immediately provide disaster relief to the thousands. This ultimately became the Food Bank’s biggest disaster response at the time — 5.4 million pounds of food and non-food essentials — until last September when Hurricanes Florence and Michael devastated our coast.
The Food Bank is still helping people recover from Florence one year later and has ultimately provided 14 million pounds of disaster relief following last year’s storms. While we don’t want to use these events to mark our anniversary, it is a key part of the Greenville Food Bank’s history.
But we have also been in this community for the last 20 years, day after day, serving those who live with food insecurity in Edgecombe, Greene, Lenoir, Pitt and Wilson counties. Our mission is to nourish people, so the Greenville branch provides a mobile food pantry which makes regular deliveries of fresh food to rural areas. Another part of our mission is to build solutions, so the Food Bank’s first health partnership with Vidant Health and ECU has led to screenings for food insecurity and a pantry where patients can receive food that is aimed at improving their health. The Greenville branch has provided more than 115 million meals over the last 20 years.
The final part of our mission is to empower communities. Your two decades of support has allowed the Food Bank to develop innovative programming, respond to disasters and, most importantly, feed people. To the partner agencies, the donors and the volunteers — you are the most valuable resource and we cannot thank you enough for all that you have done and continue to do. I hope I can count on your support as we head toward our vision that no one goes hungry in central and eastern North Carolina.
President/CEO, Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina