It’s been a crazy weekend! But, that doesn’t stop the fact that it is hunger action month, and that there is still so much more that we can do to fight hunger in America, and fighting hunger right here in North Carolina.
If you’ve been keeping up with my daily posts, you’ll remember that North Carolina is the 9th highest state that exhibits higher household food insecurities. 15.4% of North Carolnians are hungry. And this brings me to today’s fact.
The Food Bank’s program, Three Squares for CENC, helps individuals apply for Food Stamp benefits.
Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) is the new name for the Food Stamp program. It now has an expanded eligibility, allowing for more individuals to receive benefits, and allow them to put THREE SQUARE meals on their tables every day. “The Food Bank calls its Food and Nutrition Services Outreach Program “Three Squares for CENC.” Through this effort, dedicated outreach coordinators provide application pre-screening and completion assistance to seniors, working families, dislocated workers, individuals living with a disability, people without a permanent address, and military families.” (Food Bank CENC).
The link above gives you information on who to contact, where to apply, how to apply, an application and what the interview process is going to be like. If you, or someone you know is in need of these services, visit the Food Bank, or give one of the individuals a call, and I promise you, they will be there to help in a heartbeat, and offer you as much assistance as possible.
30 Facts in 30 Days Revisited
For every dollar donated, the Food Bank can distribute $10 worth of food or 5 meals
The Food Bank is a first-responder in the time of a natural disaster.
The Food Bank provided nearly 840,000 lbs of disaster relief product after hurricane Irene last year!
The Food Bank serves 34 counties in central & eastern North Carolina through six warehouses!
The Wilmington branch is celebrating their 10th anniversary this fiscal year!
Currently, 900 partner agencies receive food from the Food Bank
In the 2011-2012 fiscal year, the Food Bank distributed 11.7 million pounds of fresh produce.
Four Food Bank branches, Durham, New Bern, Sandhills, Wilmington, had record distribution in 2011-2012.
97 cents of every dollar donated to the Food Bank goes directly to food and food related programs.
In 2011, volunteers logged 157,000 hours, equivalent to 70+ full time employees.
In 2011-2012, the Food Bank distributed a record 45 million pounds of food.
The Food Bank’s 19,000 square mile service territory is roughly the size of Switzerland!
There are for than 560,000 individuals at risk for hunger in the Food Bank’s 34-county service area.
34% (over 190,000) of those at risk for hunger in the Food Bank’s service area are children.