A hearty and warm "Thank You!" to our very generous supporters during the 2014 Holiday Season. We are so very grateful for the partnership of the community to help fight hunger in central & eastern North Carolina.
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.
There was stiff competition at the Food Drive Box Decorating Contest this year, and the winners did an outstanding job! Congratulations to the Raleigh Wake 911 (D-Crew) and OpinionLab in Wilmington for their amazing efforts!
Cedar Creek Gallery donated all proceeds from the sale of a handmade pewter snowflake ornament to the Food Bank. Their generosity helped provide over 25,135 meals.
NCSU Homecoming Committee’s annual food drive collected nearly 24,000 pounds of food!
Retail grocery partners generously sponsored holiday food drives throughout our service area:
An Allstate Disaster Relief Grant of $78,000 will allow the Food Bank to evaluate and build a disaster preparedness plan in collaboration with the Food Bank of the Albemarle.
Credit Suisse Americas Foundation awarded $50,000 to support the mission of the organization.
Food Lion Child Hunger $10,000 grant generously supports food purchases for child nutrition programs
GSK Impact Award of $40,000 recognizes the positive impact the Food Bank has on community health.
The MetLife Foundation awarded a core mission investment grant of $20,000.
William R. Kenan, Jr. Charitable Trust will support Kids Cafe, Weekend Power Pack and School Pantries.
Yardi Systems generous $20,000 gift that supports Kids Meals & More child nutrition programs.
For the 6th year in a row the Food Bank has been the recipient of WCTI News Channel 12 Annual Share Your Christmas Food Drive. Hundreds of generous donors came out to deliver donations from December 10-12 to the Jacksonville Mall, News Channel 12 Greenville Bureau, and Joe Alcoke's Chevorlet Auto & Truck Center (this year's sponsor). Terrific volunteers including the ECU baseball team members, Girl Scouts, and members of the Half Moon Fire Department, assisted with the collection of food and monetary donations that will provide over 17,000 meals.
When the Salem Missionary Baptist Church Food Pantry arrived at the Greenville Branch of the Food Bank, they had no idea that they would be part of history. As Food Bank staff loaded food items onto the scale, the branch hit its 100 million pound distribution milestone: equivalent to more than 84.2 million meals since 1999! To occur in December makes this milestone even more special. We express appreciation to all the wonderful donors help us fulfill our mission.
Thanks also to the Perkins Foundation for a $40,000 gift will support the Greenville mobile food pantries and volunteer program and to USAA for their $10,000 support of the New Bern branch.
For the fifth year in a row, Street Turkeys of Wilmington braved the rain and cold to collect food, funds, and frozen turkeys for the Food Bank. Over $10,000 and 13,000 pounds of food were collected; a great success! Thank you for another great year Street Turkeys!
Huge thanks to UNCW alumni and current students for holding their UNCW Hawks for Hunger Campaign! Nearly 400 families had a holiday dinner that included ham, sweet potatoes, collard greens, canned vegetables, and a loaf of bread. The Food Bank and our New Hanover County Kids Cafe partner WRAAP distributed the bags to families in need. Special thanks to UNCW Campus Dining, Feast Down East, and Food Lion for making this even possible.
Thanks also to TD Bank for their $10,000 gift, Stevens Fine Homes for their $5,000 gift, Alpha Mortgage for their $5,000 gift, and PPD for their $20,000 gift. A big thanks to everyone who supported the Wilmington Branch this holiday season!
Thanks also to the Eshelman Foundation for support the Weekend Power Pack program and family food boxes for Williston Middle School.
The Congregational Church of Pinehurst made a generous $1,300 donation to support those less fortunate. See photo
The students of the Academy of Moore County, a local charter school, collected over 1,800 pounds of food items for the Food Bank.
The employees of First Health of the Carolinas collected 2,000 pounds of food and $3,000 during their drive this season.
Special Forces Soldiers from Fort Bragg collected 2,000 pounds of food to support the BackPack Program and delivered them by truck.
Jill Bingham's Civic Group of community ladies organized and made a $1,000 donation to support the BackPack Program.
The annual fundraiser of the Trammel Gospel Singing Program raised $3,000 by calling for love offerings during their gospel performances to support the BackPack Program.
The Rhetson Group (Par 5 and Par 4), a local business group, made a generous $4,000 donation.
Our committed friends at Dugan's Pub, lead by Alan Riley and several of his business supporters, raised $3,000 to help supplement the BackPack Program food items during the holidays.
A local art instructor at Joy of Art started an ongoing food drive and raised 300 pounds over the holidays.