30 Facts in 30 Days – Day 11

Hey Y’all!

Since I missed a couple days at the beginning of the month, I have three facts for you today!

The Food Bank has inspired me to have a mission to fight hunger in every way possible.  I am so happy that they have become a part of my life, and that I can do something to help.  This has been the most inspirational thing that I have ever done, and I owe it all to my grandmother who has been my guiding light of inspiration to lead me to the Food Bank, and to be a hunger hero!

Before I tell you today’s fact about the Food Bank, let’s start with the two days I missed.

September 1

For every dollar donated, the Food Bank can distribute $10 worth of food or 5 meals

September 2

The Food Bank is a first-responder in the time of a natural disaster.

Today’s Fact:

In 2011-2012, the Food Bank distributed a record 45 million pounds of food.

 Let’s go back to the September 2nd fact – the Food Bank is a first-responder in the time of a natural disaster.  The Food Bank works in conjunction with the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the Red Cross to collect and deliver needed food and non-food essentials to victims in affected areas. Previous relief efforts include:

  • Hurricane Irene – 2011: Over the course of 5 weeks, provided over 550,000 pounds of disaster relief products to Pitt, Craven, Jones, Pamlico, Onslow, Lenoir, Halifax, Cartaret, Greene, Edgecombe, and Nash counties. Donated warehouse space in New Bern was utilized for much of the effort.
  • April Tornadoes – 2011: Extended hours allowed us to provide nearly 500,000 pounds food and relief items to Wake, Johnston, Lee, Harnett, Greene and Onslow counties.
  • Hurricanes Ike & Gustav – 2008: Provided nearly 34,000 pounds of baby food to Baton Rouge after Hurricane Gustav and 10,000 pounds of ready-to-eat foods such as breakfast bars and crackers to Texas following Hurricane Ike.
  • Hurricane Katrina – 2005: In conjunction with three other food banks, set up a temporary warehouse and sent nine-tractor trailer loads (over 233,000 pounds) of disaster relief products to the Gulf Coast. (Food Bank CENC)

You can help the Food Bank to prepare for these emergency situations by donating food and money.  The most needed items for disaster relief are:
· High-protein canned meals with pop-top cans (ravioli, soups, spaghetti)
· Paper goods and products (paper towels/plates/cups/napkins, plastic utensils)
· Diapers
· Hygiene products (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, etc.)
· Single serving meals that do not require refrigeration or cooking/meals ready to eat
· Single serving snacks such as raisins & granola bars
· Peanut Butter
· Cleaning supplies and disinfectant wipes

Now, let’s re-visit the past 10 days, and how the Food Bank helps in the community:

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30 Facts in 30 Days Revisited

September 1
For every dollar donated, the Food Bank can distribute $10 worth of food or 5 meals

September 2
The Food Bank is a first-responder in the time of a natural disaster.

September 3
The Food Bank provided nearly 840,000 lbs of disaster relief product after hurricane Irene last year!

September 4
The Food Bank serves 34 counties in central & eastern North Carolina through six warehouses!   

September 6
The Wilmington branch is celebrating their 10th anniversary this fiscal year!

September 7
Currently, 900 partner agencies receive food from the Food Bank 

September 8
In the 2011-2012 fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed 11.7 million pounds of fresh produce.

September 9
Four Food Bank branches, Durham, New Bern, Sandhills, Wilmington, had record distribution in 2011-2012. 

September 10
97 cents of every dollar donated to the Food Bank goes directly to food and food related programs.

September 11
In 2011, volunteers logged 157,000 hours, equivalent to 70+ full time employees.

Take a tour of the 40,000 square foot warehouse at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, and see how this amazing organization works to provide food and support to the hungry people in our community.  www.foodbankcenc.org

With Love,
Miss Lindsie

xo

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