Holiday 2015 Thank You

A hearty and warm "Thank You!" to our very generous supporters during the 2015 Holiday Season. We are so very grateful for the partnership of the community to help fight hunger in central & eastern North Carolina.
Below, find a few memorable moments.

We had thousands of individuals and groups come together to hold food drives, host special events and make generous contributions over the holiday season. All efforts are extremely valuable and we are sorry we cannot include everyone on this list. Please know that your contributions are vital to our mission that No One Goes Hungry in central and eastern North Carolina.

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Holiday Meals Drive
The Food Bank's annual online drive to provide holiday meals to food insecure families, seniors, and children in our communities was a great success. With just 45 minutes left to the deadline of midnight on December 31, we exceeded our goal of raising enough money to provide 2.4 million meals! Thanks so much to everyone who supported this important drive.
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Holiday Meals Drive 2015

Giving Tuesday
Gifts went twice as far this Giving Tuesday thanks to a matching gift from our generous partners, Railinc and Harris Teeter. Every dollar donated was matched up to our goal of $20,000, which we exceeded thanks to compassionate supporters like you. That's enough money to provide 200,000 meals, just in one day!
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Giving Tuesday 2015

Students Against Hunger
Every fall, thousands of students of all ages across central & eastern North Carolina collect food and funds as part of our Students Against Hunger food and funds drive. This year, 80 schools participated, collecting enough donations to allow us to provide nearly 393,000 meals for families in need. Each school had their own unique and inspiring way to collect donations and we appreciate them all!
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Students Against Hunger 2015

Retail Partners
Thanks so much to our generous retail partners who hosted holiday food drives in their stores throughout our service area: Food Lion, Lowes Foods, Harris Teeter, Kroger, Whole Foods, Carlie C's, and Publix. It's a great way for the community to give back. Thank y'all so much!

Food Lion Feeds Holidays Without Hunger

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Corporate Support

Thanks so much to all of our wonderful corporate partners for their ongoing support of our mission! Special thanks to the following companies for their generous holiday gifts.

Cisco selected the Food Bank as a beneficiary of their "Be The Bridge" campaign and presented a generous gift of $180,975
Credit Suisse awarded a $50,000 grant with a Holiday Charity Initiative of $10,000 to support our core mission
Mims Distributing Company donated a special $10,000 holiday gift in addition to their ongoing support of our mission
Preferred Carolina Realty made a thoughtful $10,000 gift in honor of the founding partners of their company
Kids Meals & More Support: Thanks to both GlaxoSmithKline for their $10,000 donation and Yardi Systems for their $25,000 gift


Foundation Support

Thanks so much to all of the foundations that support our mission year-round. Special thanks to these foundations that made generous annual and end-of-year gifts this holiday season.

MetLife Foundation awarded a core mission investment grant of $20,000
William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust’s additional $100,000 end-of-year gift will support our Kids Cafe, Weekend Power Pack, and School Pantry programs across our service area
Norfolk Southern Foundation provided a $15,000 end-of-year gift for core mission support in addition to their 2015 grant award
Grainger Foundation invested $10,000 in core mission support

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Support by Region

The holidays are a terrible time to be without food. Thanks to generous supporters across our service area, thousands of families had warm meals on the dinner table. We'd like to say a special thanks to these donors for supporting families in need this holiday season in their local community!

Greenville / New Bern

Share Your Christmas and Hungry for Hunter: Tremendous thanks to local radio and television stations Beasley Media, WCTI, WITN and WRNS. Through Share Your Christmas and Hungry for Hunter food and fund drives, they helped us bring in over 34,000 meals for families in our community.

Community Support: Thanks an anonymous donor who held a holiday card campaign and donated $25,000 for kids programs. Thanks also to six-year old Carli who raised 40 pounds by asking for canned goods instead of birthday gifts for her birthday.

Foundation Support: Thanks to Smith Family Foundation for their $25,000 gift to support Kids Meals and More Programs, Grainger Foundation’s $10,000 gift to support Kids Cafe and Weekend Power Pack programs, and USAA's gift of $10,000 to support our New Bern branch operations.

Share Your Christmas 2015Thanks to WCTI, Food Lion, Beasley Media Group, and V103.3 for your support of Share Your Christmas!

Raleigh / Durham

Heart of Carolina: Now in its 29 year, the ABC11 Heart of Carolina food drive was again a huge success. In a day-long final event on December 9 the community came out in full force and donated enough food and funds to help us reach the goal of 600,000 meals! Thank you to everyone who contributed to help feed families in the heart of Carolina! View Photos »

Food Drive Box Contest: Congratulations to Vanderwall Orthodontics for winning this year's box contest! Their food and fund drive provided 16,675 meals to the local community. Thank y'all so much!

Community Support: Special thanks to Sensus for their food drive that provided 16,675 meals and 14-year old Emily for her Front Porch Food Drive Challenge that raised 673 meals.

Cedar Creek Gallery: Through their annual Holiday Open House they raised enough money to provide 30,500 meals. Thank y'all for your ongoing support of our mission!

Heart of Carolina 2015Thanks to all of our ABC11 Heart of Carolina donors!


Sock it to Hunger: At our sock hop fundraiser guests enjoyed live music with Elivs and Marilyn Monroe, and raised $13,000 to help feed local families. View Photos »

Mark Trammell Quartet Singing on the Hill: The annual fundraiser raised $5,576 to support the Backpack Pals Program.

Food & Fund Drives: Thanks to employees of First Health the Carolinas who collected 3,200 pounds of food and $3,396 to support the Backpack Pals Program. Many thanks to Jill Bingham’s Civic Group for their ongoing support of our mission and their holiday donation of $2,000. Thanks to The Rhetson Group (Par 3 and Par 5) for their $3,000 donation and hosting a holiday food drive. Thanks also to the Joy of Art, the Vass Lion's Club, Emmanuel Parish, and Magnolia Garden for their incredible support.

Sock It To Hunger 2015Elvis and Marilyn entertain Sock it to Hunger guests.


Chef's Feast: Many thanks to the 375 guests and 23 table hosts who came out to support the Food Bank’s first annual Chef’s Feast on Monday, November 16, 2015. The funds raised made 135,000 meals available for the food insecure in the Wilmington area. Special thanks to Chef Keith Rhodes (Catch) for serving as our event ambassador. Guests also really enjoyed meeting our special guest, Chef Vivian Howard, host of PBS’ “A Chef’s Life” and owner/chef at Chef & the Farmer from Kinston, NC. Chef Howard was brought to us by presenting sponsor AARP of North Carolina. The event was also presented by Harris Teeter. View Photos »

Street Turkeys: Led by Jai Isear and his Men’s Group at the Wrightsville Beach United Methodist Church for the sixth year in a row, Street Turkeys of Wilmington raised a total of 11,500 pounds of food and just under $9,000 on Wednesday, November 25, 2015. Thank y'all so much for your continued support of Wilmington families!

Alpha Mortgage and Stevens Fine Homes: Special thanks to Alpha Mortgage and Stevens Fine Homes for challenging one another to do good during the holiday season. The duo matched their gifts to the Food Bank and each company made a $5,000 gift to the Food Bank.

WHQR 91.3 FM : Thanks for the partnership to raise food for the pledge drive on December 10.

Foundation Support: Thanks to the TD Charitable Foundation for their $10,000 gift to support hunger relief efforts in the Wilmington branch service area.

Chef's Feast 2015Wilmington chefs served up tasty dishes at Chef's Feast.

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