Harris Teeter Donates $116,633 to NC Food Banks

Harris Teeter announced an $$116,633 donation to the North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks. In partnership with four in-state collegiate rivals, Harris Teeter hosted the Million Meals Challenge campaign to help fight the North Carolina hunger epidemic.

The Million Meals Challenge – a banner initiative in collaboration with Harris Teeter and the NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks – focused on generating yearlong support from Duke, NC State, UNC and Wake Forest students, fans, alumni and campus communities. As part of this challenge, the company invited shoppers and associates to make a $1, $3 or $5 donation at checkout, collecting $$116,633 in the fight against hunger. See more at:


In a growing state, a growing hunger

In a growing state, a growing hunger

Published: July 27, 2013 
By Gene Nichol

Growing Hunger

It’s important to sit down before reading about hunger in North Carolina. The federal government uses the odd term, “food insecurity,” to measure hunger. It refers to “limited availability of adequate safe food” and the “uncertain ability to acquire acceptable foods.” For non-bureaucrats, it means during the past 12 months there have been significant periods in which your family couldn’t get enough to eat. In the richest nation on earth, 50 million of us fall under that unhappy designation. Seventeen million kids

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2013/07/27/3060797/in-a-growing-state-a-growing-hunger.html#storylink=cpy

Feeding Frenzy Winners Determined

Legal Feeding Frenzy Logo - WEBFrom the N.C. Bar Association

The 2013 North Carolina Legal Feeding Frenzy is over. All that’s left now, in addition to distributing approximately 180,000 pounds which will provide the equivalent of 150,000 meals for our hungry neighbors across the state, is to recognize the winners.

Attorney General Roy Cooper did just that on Wednesday, April 24, when the coveted Attorney General’s Cup was presented to the overall champion during an awards ceremony at the N.C. Bar Center in Cary.

The Piedmont Natural Gas Legal Department of Charlotte claimed the overall championship and will receive the Attorney General’s Cup.

Winners in their respective categories, based on pounds of food donated per person, are:

  • Sole Practitioner (1-10 employees): Simonsen Law Firm, PC, Edenton
  • Small Firm (11-50 employees): District Court Judges of Wake County
  • Medium Firm (51-100 employees): Blanco Tackabery & Matamoros, P.A., Winston-Salem
  • Large Firm (more than 100 employees): Moore & Van Allen PLLC
  • Law School: Campbell University School of Law

The North Carolina Feeding Frenzy food drive was conducted from March 18-April 5 under the direction of the NCBA Young Lawyers Division and the N.C. Association of Food Banks.

Both organizations extend their appreciation to Attorney General Cooper for his support of this endeavor and to the hundreds of attorneys and law firm/organization employees who participated in this worthwhile cause.

For a complete list of participants go to:  http://ncfoodbanks.org/feeding-frenzy-participants/


 Legal Feeding Frenzy Logo - WEB

No one should go hungry, especially children.

That is why Attorney General Roy Cooper is joining forces with the Young Lawyers Division of the North Carolina Bar Association and the N.C. Association of Food Banks for the 2013 North Carolina Legal Feeding Frenzy.

 The food and fund drive competition between North Carolina law firms and organizations, which runs from March 18 to April 5, will assist North Carolina’s Feeding America Food Banks.

To register for the competition or to get more information go to www.nclegalfeedingfrenzy.com


Potential waste turns into 465,000 meals

 MIKE HUGHLETT , Star Tribune

Call it the great corn rescue of 2012.

Big ripe ears of Minnesota sweet corn destined to become Green Giant niblets were instead going to be wasted. With a bountiful harvest this month, the cannery simply couldn’t process it all.

Then a new campaign — handiwork of local food relief groups and corporations — swung into action, quickly moving the corn from the fields to the food banks. “It’s beautiful corn, and it only lasts for a period of time,” said Ellie Lucas, chief campaign officer for Hunger-Free Minnesota.

The immediate result: 600,000 pounds of corn was transformed into 465,000 meals eaten by people in 10 states. The bigger picture: success for a pilot program that can, it is hoped, be replicated in the widespread battle against hunger and food waste.

Read more: http://www.startribune.com/local/170914761.html?page=all&prepage=1&c=y&refer=y

Food banks’ lean times threaten to get worse

By Alan Briggs, Executive Director N.C. Assoc of Food Banks
North Carolina’s seven food banks see firsthand the effect the nation’s struggling economy has had on our neighbors. Many families are still hurting from the impact of high and prolonged unemployment, reduced hours and wages or the struggle to live on a single salary.
North Carolina has one of the highest unemployment rates and percentage of citizens experiencing food hardship in the nation. This is especially true for children under age 5 and our seniors.
Food banks across the nation continue to see unprecedented need. The number of people seeking emergency food assistance from the Feeding America network of food banks ballooned by 46 percent from 2006 to 2010. In North Carolina the growth was higher.

Read more here: http://www.newsobserver.com/2012/08/11/2260603/food-banks-lean-times-threaten.html#storylink=misearch#storylink=cpy

How America’s Losing The War On Poverty

How America’s Losing The War On Poverty

by NPR Staff



August 4, 2012

While President Obama and Gov. Romney battle for the hearts and minds of the middle class this election season, there’s a huge swath of Americans that are largely ignored. It’s the poor, and their ranks are growing.

According to a recent survey by The Associated Press, the number of Americans living at or below the poverty line will reach its highest point since President Johnson made his famous declaration of war on poverty in 1964.

Read More: http://www.npr.org/2012/08/04/158141728/how-americas-losing-the-war-on-poverty

Summer food programs seeking new ways to assist children


Summer food programs seeking new ways to assist children

Michelle Berrios, 9, enjoys a do-it-yourself pizza as part of the summer food program at Greenbrier Learning Center in Arlington, Va.By John McAuliff, USA TODAY

Summer food programs aiming to keep U.S. children from going hungry have grown 25% in the last five years amid a nationwide push by local food banks to change the way they serve food to needy people.
  • The programs try to close the nation’s hunger gap by bringing food to children across the USA. Run by small charities that collect food donations and funded primarily by the federal government, the programs offer a safe location for children to eat lunch and get free food to take home to their families.

SNAP (Food Stamps): Facts, Myths and Realities

What you know (and don’t know) about the SNAP program may surprise you. Feeding America has compiled an excellent resource clarifying many facts and myths relating to the former Food Stamps program.

Read more at Feeding America.

46.5 million Americans used SNAP benefits in Dec 2011

Not all broken records are a good thing.

Unemploment and underemployment led to a record of more than 46.5 million Americans that used SNAP (Formerly food stamps) benefits in December, 2011. That was an increase of 2.4 million over 2010. Nearly one in seven people participated in SNAP setting a new record of Americans using food assistance.

Read more at frac.org.