ECU Florence recovery drive aids food bank
The Daily Reflector
Tuesday, October 16, 2018
Hungry for a way to help victims of Hurricane Florence, East Carolina University students, staff, parents and supporters made a weighty donation to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.
The ECU Hurricane Florence Recovery Drive provided more than 57,000 pounds of food and household supplies to the food bank, officials said.
The donations, made to the food bank’s branches in Greenville and New Bern, will be distributed to families experiencing food insecurity and property damage from the storm, which hit the Carolinas in mid-September.
The Food Bank’s Greenville and New Bern branches has been distributing food and household products through a network of 200 certified partner agencies in the 10-county eastern Carolina service area. Donors have provided struggling neighbors with food, paper products, diapers, water, hygiene kits, pet food and household cleaning products.
The food bank already was providing food each week to thousands of low-income, low-wage households in the region which are experiencing food insecurity.
It now also is assisting families struggling with lost wages and businesses due to wind and flooding damage. The donations from the ECU community has made it possible for the Food Bank to expand capacity to provide needed support.
George Young, eastern regional director, said the agency’s biggest need at this time is financial donations to assist with ongoing expenses of warehouse operations, trucks, drivers, and increasing fuel costs.
“We are so grateful for donated foods, our volunteers and financial donors who are helping make it possible to complete our mission every week: No one goes hungry,” Young said.
Since Hurricane Florence hit, in the food bank’s six-branch, overall 34-county service area, staff and volunteers have coordinated the distribution of more than 1 million meals worth of food — equal to more than 1.5 million pounds, he said.
Twenty-one of the 34 counties served by the Food Bank CENC are officially declared federal disaster areas, and the Food Bank is serving 25 counties with disaster relief food and supplies. The organization is committed to provide ongoing support in the months to come, Young said.