I hope that you are following the Food Bank on Twitter, @foodbankcenc, to learn some of these amazing facts about the Food Bank, and how they help our community. The volunteers are the heart and soul of the Food Bank which leads me to today’s fact!
In 2011, volunteers logged 157,000 hours, equivalent to 70+ full time employees.
I still cannot get over the amount of community involvement in Raleigh, and how much people want to help. Where I am from, although my grandmother always taught me to help, it seemed like it was a chore for people to volunteer. In Raleigh, it comes naturally. This gives me that warm and cozy feeling that I am living in a good place, and I am around good people.
The Food Bank offers plenty of opportunities for volunteers to come out and show their support and make a difference, and become a hunger hero! Here are a few of the current volunteer opportunities at the Raleigh branch;
Regular Volunteer Hours: Tue-Fri 9am-12pm and 1-4pm (must arrive at the top of the hour… 9am, 10am, 11am and 1pm, 2pm, 3pm); Wed evening 6-8pm (must arrive at 6pm); Sat 9am-12pm and 1-4pm (must arrive at 9am or 1pm)
- Kids Day: Every 2nd & 4th Saturday, 2-4pm
- Community Service Orientation (Court Ordered): Wed evening 5:30pm
- Warehouse Volunteer & Office Assistant Opportunities Offered Daily.
- Groups Welcome (Advanced Signup Required)
To signup, contact Raleigh Volunteer Coordinator or call 919-865-3024
In addition to the regular volunteer hours, the Food Bank offers the following events to sign up for and volunteer at and to come out to, to show your support:
Stuff the Bus Food Drive
September 19, 2012
Support the Food Bank by “Stuffing the Bus!” Donate 3 cans or more at the Raleigh Transit bus parked on Fayetteville Street in front of Chick-fil-A between 11 am-1 pm and receive a coupon for a free sandwich! Flyer coming soon.
Chapel Hill Leads Group Food Drive
Friday, September 21, 2012
Join the Chapel Hill Leads networking group for their annual food and funds drive! Stop by the Kroger at 3420 SW Durham Dr, Durham from 9 am to 6 pm on Sept. 21. Learn more about CHLG: www.chapelhillleads.com.
September 21-23, 2012
The Triangle Sales and Marketing Council is hosting a Canstruction® at the Southern Ideal Home Show to benefit the Food Bank. Sponsored by Stock Building Supply, up to 7 organizations will compete by building structures out of cans with a “home” theme. Don’t miss this creative endeavor! More info: http://www.hbawake.com/Canstruction.
Phillips Farms Corn Maze
September 21-October 28, 2012
Join us at Phillips Farms of Cary for a Food Bank Logo designed corn maze! Enjoy fun activities such as the Cow Train, Pumpkin Launcher, Hay Mountain, Peddle Carts, Big Slide and more. Come after dark for a “haunting” experience! Bring two cans of non-perishable food for $1 off admission (limit of $1 discount per customer, max of $5 per group.) For hours and location, visit www.phillipsfarmsofcary.com or check Phillips Farm Facebook Page for more updates!
Ken’s Korny Corn Maze and Food Drive
Saturday, October 6, 2012
Join us at Ken’s Korny Corn Maze for a “Can Day at the Maze!” Bring 4 cans of corn for the Food Bank and get 1/2 off admission! Come get lost on the 6 acre corn maze and enjoy the rope maze, hay rides, corn crib, barnyard animals, mini-golf and more! Bring your camera & the family for a fun day to support a great cause. For more details, view the Corn Maze Flyer or visit www.kenskornycornmaze.com.
Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the NC State Fair
Thursday, October 18, 2012
Join us for one of the largest one-day food drives in the state: Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the North Carolina State Fair in Raleigh. Bring four cans of food (or more!) and receive a free admission ticket on October 18. In the 17-year history of the event, more than 2 million pounds have been donated by fairgoers! More details: www.ncstatefair.org/HungerRelief — View our photo album from last year!
Raleigh Crop Hunger Walk
Sunday, October 28, 2012
The annual Crop Walk is the heart and “sole” of Raleigh! Form a team and help the Food Bank raise awareness and provide food for hungry people in our community. The walk begins at 3 pm in front of Marbles Kids Museum. Register online at www.cropwalkraleigh.com.
30 Facts in 30 Days Revisited
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.
Do your part today, and be a hunger hero!