Food Distribution Programs
The Food Bank has several major programs that make a direct and significant impact in our efforts to ensure that no one goes hungry in central and eastern North Carolina.
The Mobile Food Pantry is the Food Bank's "pantry on wheels" delivering an average of three million pounds of food to rural communities in need every year.
The Food Bank works in partnership with local sponsors, such as food pantries or churches, to bring the Mobile Food Pantry to these areas. Volunteers help distribute the food to people who need food assistance.
The Mobile Food Pantry is distributes produce, perishables, bread, and other food items that can be difficult for traditional pantries to provide. Many of the families who receive this food lack transportation to emergency food services.
The Mobile Food Pantry program began in 2000 and consists of two refregerated box trucks that operate out of the Food Bank's Greenville Branch. The MFP program provided food to 38 sites in 10 counties and averages 6,000 pounds of food at each distribution. Overall, the program averages 3 million pounds of food every year.
Fresh produce is a vital part of a healthy diet and good nutrition. The Food Bank strives to provide high quality food through many avenues, including the Fresh Produce Program.
In August, 1998, the Food Bank began increasing the acquisition and distribution of fresh produce - and reducing the amount of edible and nutritious food trucked to landfills. Through partnerships with local growers, retail stores, and packers, the Food Bank distributed 19 million pounds of fresh produce in the fiscal year 2014-15.
In all, over half of all the food distributed by the Food Bank is perishable product: not only fresh produce, but also protein rich meats and dairy items.
Every day, retail grocers dispose of edible foods to make room for new inventory. Changes in consumer demand and a shortage of retail shelf space contribute to this dilemma.
But, thanks to partnerships with Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Kroger, and Walmart, the Food Bank and its partner agencies rescue over 27 million pounds of food each year that would otherwise be discarded.
The donations from our retail partners consist of high-quality, protein-rich items such as meats, produce, deli foods and baked goods.
Retail reclamation centers are often faced with the predicament of handling dented cans or packages with compromised labels, referred to as salvage.
The Food Bank is able to repackage and quality check these foods and non-food essentials. Over 88% of these items are rescued and prepared for distribution.
The Food Bank receives over 1 million pounds of salvage every year.