Thank You

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.
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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Cisco Global Hunger Relief
Every year our friends at Cisco CSR raise money for the families we serve as part of their Global Hunger Relief campaign. This year the Cisco team exceeded their goal and raised an amazing $463,746! And in true Cisco fashion, Cisco volunteers spent the morning sorting food from the ABC11 WTVD Heart of Carolina food drive!
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Cisco Global Hunger Relief

Heart of Carolina
Now in its 28th year, the 2014 ABC11/WTVD Heart of Carolina food drive was again a huge success. In a day-long final event on December 10th the community came out in full force and donated food and funds to help us reach the goal of 6.2 million pounds! Thank you to everyone who contributed to help feed families in the heart of Carolina!
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Heart of Carolina 2014

Students Against Hunger
Every fall, thousands of students of all ages across central & eastern North Carolina join together to collect food and funds as part of the Students Against Hunger food and funds drive. This year, 118 schools participated, collecting donations to allow us to provide nearly 362,100 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 2014

Holiday Meals Drive
The Food Bank's annual online drive to provide holiday meals to struggling individuals and families in our communities was a great success. With just 40 minutes left to the deadline of midnight on December 31, the goal of raising $435,000 in online donations was exceeded! Thanks to everyone who supported this important drive.
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Holiday Meals Drive 2014

Harris Teeter Harvest Feast
On Nov. 24, Harris Teeter employees gathered at the Food Bank and bagged holiday meals for 2,000 families as part of the annual Harvest Feast Food Drive. The nutritious meals were provided to food pantries and Kids Cafes in our region. Harris Teeter & their generous customers also raised over $45,000 through an in-store donation card campaign!
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Harvest Feast 2014

Giving Tuesday
Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, hundreds of philanthropic donors participated in Giving Tuesday and made contributions to the Food Bank. Our goal of raising $10,000 was exceeded by leaps and bounds! Generous holiday donors gave over $15,000 in one day!
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Giving Tuesday 2014

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Food Drive Activities

Food Drive Box Contest Winners

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!
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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!
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Retail grocery partners generously sponsored holiday food drives throughout our service area:
Food Lion Feeds: Holidays Without Hunger
Lowes Foods: Friends Feeding Friends
Harris Teeter: Harvest Feast
Kroger: Heart of Carolina
Whole Foods: Feed 4 More
Carlie C's Food Drive


Corporate & Foundation Support

GSK Impact Award with Staff and Board

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.

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Updates from our Branch Locations

Greenville/New Bern

WCTI Share Your Christmas 2014

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.
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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.
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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.




Street Turkeys of Wilmington 2014

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!
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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.
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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.

Sandhills Branch

Moore County Churches Meal Program Volunteers

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.

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