The Food Bank of CENC Tornado Relief Efforts Continue

Over two weeks since the sudden onslaught of disastrous tornadoes hit our region of North Carolina, the Triangle (Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill and surrounding communities), the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina continues to collect donations (food and funds) for distribution into our community, especially those directly impacted by the tornadoes.

We have families who have lost entire homes and communities of varying numbers that have lost blocks and blocks of the same.  From Sanford to Holly Springs to Raleigh to Fayetteville and beyond with over 450 homes damaged or destroyed that’s that many families in need.  Can you imagine?

Food Bank CENC Tornado Relief 2011

When you add an already struggling economy to the mix, the Food Bank is feeling the pinch for 2011.  In one month they begin accumulating more food and more funds for their Kid’s Summer Stock program as well.  That’s why it’s more important than ever to do what YOU can to assist their efforts:

“As of now, we are providing additional food and non-food essentials (hygiene items, cleaning supplies, paper products) as well as extending our hours and making special deliveries to affected agencies.  We are also in communication with American Red Cross and North Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (NCVOAD) to provide supplies to victims.” Jen Newmeyer, Database, Direct Mail, and Website Manager for the Food Bank of CENC

There are many ways to help.

  • Drop off donations at Food Bank distribution centers in either Raleigh, Durham, New Bern, Greenville, Southern Pines, or Wilmington.  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, paper plates/cups/napkins, plastic utensils)
· Diapers
· Hygiene products (shampoo, soap, toothpaste, toothbrushes, hand sanitizer, etc.)
· Other 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

  • Make a monetary contribution on their website.
  • Text your monetary donation of $10 by sending “40meals” to 50555 <—EASIEST way to make a difference!

Here’s the thing folks, many of us are blessed.  If you’re reading this right now, you’re sitting at a computer that you probably own at your own home that’s still standing.  You may also have fallen under hard times.  Think of it this way – God forbid but, what if one day YOU are in need of the assistance of your local food bank?  Puts it into perspective doesn’t it?

Food Bank of CENC Logo

I am asking my Triangle area residents, North Carolina residents, my readers, my family and my friends to consider donating to this cause.  If every one of my 1,000 or so readers gives just $10, that’s $10,000 in assistance for the cause.  I might be stretching it but man, that would be phenomenal.  Thank you.

Check out my interview with Jennifer Newmeyer of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina for more:


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