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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 57 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 Recovery Program.
8. In a typical week, we serve more than 20,000 food insecure households through our partner agencies.
9. NC is the number 1 producer of sweet potatoes in the U.S. That's one of the reasons why they're a frequent volunteer sorting activity!
10. The first three #FoodBank24 Telethons combined provided 650,000 meals for families in need. This year's goal is another 250,000 meals!
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. This year's #FoodBank24 New Media Telethon raised enough money to provide more than 215,000 meals to local communities.
14. Did you know? Half of all the food we distribute is perishable. That means fresh produce, meat & dairy products!
15. This past summer we served 209,722 meals to 6,399 kids through our Kids Summer Meals program.
16. Last year our volunteers gave a record-breaking 189,353 hours of their time, equivalent to 91 full-time employees!
17. We provide relief when a natural disaster strikes in our region. Learn more:
18. Last year we distributed 19 million pounds of fresh produce through our partner agencies.
19. On average, we provide food to 59,200 people every week through 800+ community partners.
20. Last year local communities donated 1.8 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. If you stacked all of the 16 oz cans that were donated last year one on top of the other, it would build a tower 105 miles high.
28. Last year we served 920,000 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.