Thank You!

A hearty and warm "Thank You!" to our very generous supporters during the 2013 Holiday Season. We are so very grateful for the partnership of the community 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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Heart of Carolina
For the 27th year in a row, ABC 11 issued a call to action for its broadcast area to raise food and funds through the Heart of Carolina Food Drive. With the culmination of drive-through day on December 11 where the station aired live reports every half hour from Kroger locations in the region, the community responded with overwhelming generosity, meeting the six million pound goal.
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Heart of Carolina Food Drive 2013
Students Against Hunger 2013

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 Students Against Hunger. This year, 166 schools participated collecting enough food and funds to allow us to provide over 381,000 meals to families in need.
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Holiday Meals Drive
The Food Bank held an online drive to provide holiday meals to struggling individuals and families in our communities. We’re delighted to share that the goal of $350,000, enough to provide 1.7 million holiday meals, has been met and exceeded! Thanks to everyone who supported this important drive.
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Holiday Meals Drive 2013
Hurricanes Kids 'N Community Check Presentation

Kids 'N Community GOAL Grant
The Carolina Hurricanes Kids 'N Community Foundation awarded the Food Bank with a “GOAL Grant” of $150,000 to support 3 of our Kids Cafe programs for the next 3 years. To mark the occasion, Canes players Jeff Skinner and Ryan Murphy volunteered at one of our Kids Cafe sites serving the meal, playing soccer and signing autographs. The kids were overjoyed to have the celebrity visitors!
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Harris Teeter Harvest Feast
On November 22, Harris Teeter, their sponsors, and their employees provided food and packed 2,000 Thanksgiving meal bags as part of the annual Harvest Feast Food Drive. Special guests Torry and Terrence Holt helped out at our Raleigh Branch and then visited a Kids Cafe site to meet some of the children and deliver the holiday bags. The rest of the meals were distributed through our partner agencies in time for the holidays.
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Harris Teeter Harvest Feast 2013
Giving Tuesday Cisco Pancake Breakfast

Giving Tuesday
Following Black Friday and Cyber Monday, hundreds of charitable donors participated in Giving Tuesday and made contributions to the Food Bank, doubling the online donations received on this day last year. Additionally, Cisco Executives and our own CEO, Peter Werbicki, thanked Cisco employees for their gifts by serving them a pancake breakfast.
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Ella's Wish
Seven year old Ella had only two things on her list for Santa: Feed the hungry and help the homeless. Mom secretly created a Personal Fundraising Page on the Food Bank website and asked friends and family to contribute. The initial goal of $200 was quickly surpassed and “Ella’s Wish” page raised over $800, providing over 4,000 meals to families in need! What a wonderful gift Ella received on Christmas morning!
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Ella's Christmas Wish
Thank you gram Facebook Like Campaign

Facebook Fan Campaign
Just before Thanksgiving, the NC Pork Council and the Food Effect offered to donate $2 for every new "Like" on the Food Bank's Facebook page. The campaign resulted in over 1,000 new followers and a $2,000 donation from the NCPC!
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Food Drive Activities

Duke Primary Care Turkleton Food Drive Box

The staff at Duke Primary Care in Durham really took their holiday food drive to heart, creating a (Food Bank) award winning collection box, "Turkleton." The generous staff donated over 120 pounds of food to provide over 100 meals.

Alex Chen, a student at Enloe High School, chose a food drive as his Eagle Scout Service Project. Over several months, he collected 3,035 pounds of donated goods from his school, at local organizations, and through his social contacts.

The Rex Wellness Center in Cary has hosted a holiday food drive for the past 5 years for their members. They've established a giving tradition - their goal increases every year, and every year they rise to the challenge! Cheyenne Craven-Crozier is committed to helping those in need: organizing details, decorating collection boxes, and encouraging donations throughout the drive. In the past 5 years, they've collected nearly 5,000 pounds.

Retail grocery partners generously sponsored holiday food drives throughout our service area:
Food Lion: Hunger Has a Cure, Lowes Foods: Friends Feeding Friends, Harris Teeter: Harvest Feast, Kroger: Heart of Carolina, Whole Foods: Feed 4 More, and Carlie C's Food Drive

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Corporate & Foundation Support

BASF Check Presentation December 2013

BASF offered a $25,000 matching challenge to boost donations for our Holiday Meals Drive.
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Morgan Stanley provided a $25,000 grant to fund three of our Weekend PowerPack Program sites.
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The MetLife Foundation awarded the Food Bank $20,000 to support hunger relief.
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Credit Suisse Americas Foundation awarded the Food Bank a $50,000 grant to support the mission of the organization.

Walmart's generous support for child nutrition programs was demonstrated by a $42,000 grant to support five Kids Cafe programs. In addition, Walmart awarded the Food Bank an additional $120,000 to purchase a brand new and greatly needed truck.

Biogen Idec Foundation funded a Chapel Hill Kids Cafe and founded the creation of school food pantries in Durham and Raleigh. 

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Updates from our Branch Locations

Greenville/New Bern

Share Your Christmas 2013

We are so very thankful for the tremendous support we received from the WCTI NewsChannel 12 Annual Share Your Christmas Food Drive. Hundreds of generous donors joined the Food Bank at shopping malls in Greenville, New Bern, Jacksonville, as well as the Walmart Parking Lot in Morehead and The Commissary at Cherry Point . Superb volunteers from our partner agencies collected donations at the Walmart location and active duty Marines & their dependents collected at the commissary. The combined food and monetary donations will provide over 16,700 meals!
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The law offices of GreeneWilson hosted a Holiday Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon at the Food Bank’s New Bern branch on Wednesday, December 18th honoring those who give their time and talents in the warehouse, in the office, and in the garden throughout the year. Twenty-five volunteers attended. Thank you GreeneWilson for this kind and generous gift!
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Wilmington Parade 2013

On December 8th, the Wilmington branch participated in the 11th annual Wilmington Holiday Parade. Although it was cold, our spirits could not be dampened. We were heartened by all the shouts "Yay Food Bank!"
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We received an incredibly generous donation from Craig and Jennie Stevens of Steven's Fine Homes and Michael Lopez of Alpha Mortgage. Each donated $5,000 to the Wilmington Branch, providing 50,000 meals to the Cape Fear Region.
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Our Tuesday Egg Crew was awarded the Volunteer(s) of the month for November. The Egg Crew is made up of autistic volunteers and their caretakers. The autistic volunteers have learned to focus their hand eye coordination and have personally sorted thousands and thousands of eggs. Our partner agencies are extremely appreciative of our Tuesday Egg Crew!
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Sandhills Branch

Sandhills Humble Pie Andrea Flagg

A Sandhills Branch Volunteer, Andrea Flagg, created a fundraiser called Humble Pies. She solicited local chefs and restaurants to prepare an assortment of pies during the holiday period to be sold to the local community. She sold approximately 50 pies and collected over $1,900 dollars. She then made a personal donation of $1,000 to her campaign.
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The Mark Trammel Gospel Quartet held a singing benefit program at Pleasant Hill Baptist Church in Carthage, NC on November 22. They raised approximately $2,300 for the Food Bank.

Deanna White, a local farmer, made a donation of 8,300 lbs of collards in December so families could enjoy fresh produce during the holidays.

On December 16, volunteers gathered at Dugan's Pub to continue an annual tradition of putting together Christmas bags to be given to kids that participate in the Backpack program. Alan Riley, owner, was able to collect over $3,000 in donations to cover of, not only all the items for the bags, but additional items to be donated to the program as well.

Sandhills Regional Council member Trish Baldwin sponsored a holiday party for kids at her home. Instead of the kids bringing gifts for each other, they brought in canned items for the Food Bank. One parent that attended was inspired to make a $1,500 donation on top of the food items collected at the event.

For the second consecutive year, Mr. Ray Brayboy made holiday honor donations to the Food Bank on behalf of his children and grand children in lieu of buying them Christmas gifts. His gifts over the years have exceeded $500, equivalent to 2,500 meals.

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