Disaster Relief

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a first-responder to a natural disaster. As an affiliate of Feeding America (formerly America's Second Harvest), the Food Bank has responded to both national disaster and major weather events within our 34-county service area for more than 10 years.

How the Food Bank Helps | How You Can Help | Find Help


How the Food Bank Helps

The Food Bank works in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross to collect and deliver needed food and non-food essentials to victims in affected areas. Previous relief efforts include:

  • Hurricane Irene - 2011: Over the course of 5 weeks, provided over 550,000 pounds of disaster relief products to Pitt, Craven, Jones, Pamlico, Onslow, Lenoir, Halifax, Cartaret, Greene, Edgecombe, and Nash counties. Donated warehouse space in New Bern was utilized for much of the effort.
  • April Tornadoes - 2011: Extended hours allowed us to provide nearly 500,000 pounds food and relief items to Wake, Johnston, Lee, Harnett, Greene and Onslow counties.
  • Hurricanes Ike & Gustav - 2008: Provided nearly 34,000 pounds of baby food to Baton Rouge after Hurricane Gustav and 10,000 pounds of ready-to-eat foods such as breakfast bars and crackers to Texas following Hurricane Ike.
  • Hurricane Katrina - 2005: In conjunction with three other food banks, set up a temporary warehouse and sent nine-tractor trailer loads (over 233,000 pounds) of disaster relief products to the Gulf Coast.
  • Hurricane Isabel - 2003: Distributed more than 411,000 pounds of food and relief supplies to Carteret and Pamlico counties.
  • Hurricane Floyd - 1999: The Food Bank was open 24-hours a day for three months after the storm, supplying more than 5.3 million pounds of food and relief supplies to fifteen counties in our service region.
  • Hurricane Bonnie - 1998: Supplied nearly 300,000 pounds of food and relief supplies to our service area and to our sister food bank in the east, the Food Bank of the Albemarle.
  • Hurricane Fran - 1996: During the first 10 days, slightly more than 1 million pounds of food and supplies were distributed to 37 of the 40 counties declared disaster areas in central and eastern North Carolina.

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How You Can Help

During the times of a natural disaster, the need for emergency food increases as displaced families seek precious resources. Food & fund donations help the Food Bank provide emergency and increased assistance to Food Bank partner agencies.

  • Donate Food: Food donations are accepted at Food Bank warehouses in Durham, Raleigh, New Bern, Greenville, Southern Pines and Wilmington. See the most needed items below.
  • Donate Funds: Donate on the Food Bank website. Checks can be mailed to 3808 Tarheel Drive, Raleigh, NC 27609.

Tornado Most Needed Item List VisualThe most needed items for disaster relief are:
 · High-protein canned meals with pop-top cans (ravioli, soups, spaghetti)
 · Paper goods and products (paper towels/plates/cups/napkins, plastic utensils)
 · Diapers
 · Hygiene products (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, etc.)
 · Single serving meals that do not require refrigeration or cooking/meals ready to eat
 · Single serving snacks such as raisins & granola bars
 · Peanut Butter
 · Cleaning supplies and disinfectant wipes 

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Find Help

During a natural disaster, individuals and families in need of food assistance can search our directory to find a Food Bank agency nearby.

For long-term assistance, visit the Food & Nutrition Services (Food Stamp) Program website for eligibility and application information.

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