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Hunger Action Month

A Fact a Day for 30 Days!

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As part of Hunger Action Month, we are featuring a unique fact about our organization each day for 30 days in September on Twitter. You can catch a new fact by checking us out every day at noon or by following #30Facts30Days. We will also feature the facts on this page, which will be updated periodically.

Help us spread the word by sharing these hunger facts with a friend or posting them on social media. Also, be sure to check our Hunger Action Month Calendar for ideas on how you can help fight hunger during Hunger Action Month.

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1. Orange is the official color of Hunger Action Month.
2. Last year we distributed more than 64.4 million pounds of food to people in need. That's a record!
3. We distribute food to folks in need through six branches: Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, Sandhills, and Wilmington.
4. Our 19,000 square mile service territory covers one third of NC, which is roughly the size of Switzerland.
5. Our Three Squares for CENC program helps people apply for FNS benefits so they can afford healthy food.
6. We're part of Feeding America, the largest domestic hunger relief organization in the U.S.
7. The largest single source of food we receive is through our Retail Donation Program.
8. In a typical week, we serve more than 30,000 food insecure households through our partner agencies.
9. Last year our volunteers gave a record-breaking 236,000 hours of their time, equivalent to 113 full-time employees!
10. The Sandhills Branch was the first branch of the Food Bank to open outside of Raleigh in 1981.
11. 62% of households we serve have had to choose between paying for food & paying rent/mortgage. This percentage has doubled in the past four years.
12. 74% of FNS recipients in our service area report that their monthly FNS benefits only last 3 weeks or less.
13. Our Greenville Branch opened in 1999 in response to the devastation of Hurricane Floyd
14. Did you know? 59% of all the food we distribute is perishable. That means fresh produce, meat & dairy products!
15. #FoodBank24 begins at 12noon! Help raise 120,000 meals and learn about the Food Bank’s big move! 
16. Our New Bern Branch has a community garden that provided nearly 8,000 lbs of fresh produce to the community last year.
17. We provide relief when a natural disaster strikes in our region. Learn more: http://foodbankcenc.org/DisasterRelief
18. Last year we distributed 22 million pounds of fresh produce through our partner agencies.
19. Our Wilmington Branch officially joined in 2008, but was operating as the Food Bank of Coastal Carolina long before that.
20. Last year local communities donated 1.7 million pounds of food by hosting food drives.
21. 1 in 6 people in NC are eligible for and receive Food & Nutrition Services Benefits.
22. In our 34-county service area, 1 in 3 people who are food insecure are children.
23. On average, people who receive Food & Nutrition Services benefits in NC live on just $4.21 of food a day.
24. Last year we helped generate $1.5 million dollars in FNS Benefits across central & eastern NC.
25. For every dollar donated, we can provide 5 meals to the local community.
26. In our service area nearly 650,000 people live in food insecure households.
27. The Food Bank's Durham Branch distributed more than 9 million lbs last year, a new record!
28. Last year we served over one million meals to children through our Kids Meals & More Programs.
29. 97 cents of every $1 donated to the Food Bank goes to food & food programs.
30. Your donation has buying power. For every $1 donated, we provide $10 worth of food to our hungry neighbors.