North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks North Carolina Food Banks Tue, 01 Sep 2015 19:47:48 +0000 en-US hourly 1 SECU Members Partner with North Carolina Food Banks for 6 Million Meal Project! Mon, 10 Aug 2015 20:30:24 +0000

August 8, 2015  Raleigh, N.C. – SECU Foundation Board ChairMcKinley Wooten, Jr. and NC Association of FeedingAmerica Food Banks Executive Director Alan Briggs
met today to sign a $1.2 million Agreement that will
provide North Carolinians in need with 6 million
additional meals over the next 3 years! The grant from
State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) members via
their Foundation will add 2 million meals per year to
clients served by North Carolina food banks – that’s
one extra meal per year funded by each of the Credit
Union’s 2 million members.

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Poverty Affects The Brain, Causes Lower Test Scores: Study Tue, 21 Jul 2015 18:25:35 +0000 By Aditya Tejas July 21brain-development, 2015

Whilethe link between poverty and poorer academic scores has long been known, a growing body of evidence is establishing the direct role poverty plays in brain development, which causes a gap between affluent and poor children. A new study published Monday found that almost a fifth of that divide is because of the effects of poverty on the brain.

Researchers from Duke University, North Carolina, and the University of Wisconsin-Madison conducted magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) on almost 400 children. They found that children from poorer homes had smaller amounts of gray matter in the frontal lobe, temporal lobe and hippocampus, all of which are critical for long-term memory, emotional regulation and information processing. Read more at:



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New initiative to rescue imperfect produce Thu, 25 Jun 2015 14:15:54 +0000 Perfectly Imperfect PotatoesSWAN QUARTER — Food Bank of the Albemarle is heading a new pilot program designed to eliminate food loss and fight hunger across the state.

On Friday, legislators and business leaders will meet at Pamlico Shores Produce in Hyde County to discuss the new program. The food bank is partnering with Pamlico Shores to rescue lower-grade potatoes and culls that would otherwise be destroyed through installation of a potato bagger, said Annya Soucy, director of communications and special events at Food Bank of the Albemarle. The event will start at 10 a.m. at Pamlico Shores Produce and will lead to a luncheon and panel discussion at Swan Quarter Volunteer Fire Department.

The USDA will provide a trailer for an estimated 1 million pounds of bagged potatoes to be distributed throughout North Carolina’s seven food banks and, in turn, dispersed among local food pantries, Soucy said.


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Where the poor and rich really spend their money Thu, 18 Jun 2015 18:16:17 +0000 Where people spend money













Lawmakers in several states are urging limits on how welfare recipients use public benefits, suggesting that the poor are buying things like lobster, filet mignon, vacations aboard cruise ships and visits to psychics. It’s an open question whether the problem these proposals aim to solve actually exists, but the Bureau of Labor Statistics just helpfully released new data on how the poor — and the rich — spend their money.

For the first time, the bureau released this data for ten equally sized classes of U.S. households, sorted by income. While the bureau doesn’t have data on lobster and filet mignon, the survey does provide a fascinating level of detail.  More at:

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Why entrepreneurs are suddenly finding the beauty in ugly produce Tue, 26 May 2015 15:13:53 +0000 By Whitney Pipkin May 26

Ugly produce is midway through a massive makeover.

Misshapen potatoes, multi-pronged carrots and past-their-prime apples — rebranded as “cosmetically challenged” and “beautiful in their own way” — are coming into vogue. Campaigns aimed at reducing food waste are bringing these fruits and vegetables, previously reserved for hogs, compost piles and landfills, to the forefront of our minds, if not quite to our grocery shelves. More at:


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Why Canned Food Drives Alone Won’t Solve America’s Hunger Crisis Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:46:28 +0000 DSC_5982When it comes to hunger in the United States, we’re faced with some scary statistics: according to a 2014 study by Feeding America, 49.1 million Americans lived in food insecure households in 2013. And 20 percent of those households included children.

While approximately 100 million pounds of food is donated to Feeding America food banks each year via canned food drives, these items alone won’t solve the issue of hunger that so many Americans face. Tight budgets, limited volunteers, finite donations, and the short turnarounds required between receiving fresh foods and distributing them to families in need can be challenges in addressing the issue of hunger – and doing so with nutrient-rich foods.

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Regional Food Bank Seeks Executive Director Thu, 30 Apr 2015 16:40:39 +0000 The Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast N.C. is looking for a new executive director. See more details at:

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While U.S. Economy Improves, Food Insecurity Lingers Fri, 17 Apr 2015 19:12:50 +0000 Nat Geo pic










National Geographic April 16,  by April Fulton

Dawn Pierce of Boise, Idaho, still remembers the time her colleagues suggested a potluck lunch at work. “I called in sick that day because I couldn’t bring anything,” she tells The Plate. “I couldn’t afford it. I was so embarrassed.”

Pierce was a paralegal and a single mom who often found herself scrambling for her family’s next meal, but she kept up appearances. When she was laid off in 2010, she knew she really needed help. More at:

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Working, but Needing Public Assistance Anyway Mon, 13 Apr 2015 18:32:52 +0000 Working poor











A home health care worker in Durham, N.C.; a McDonald’s cashier in Chicago; a bank teller in New York; an adjunct professor in Maywood, Ill. They are all evidence of an improving economy, because they are working and not among the steadily declining ranks of the unemployed.

Yet these same people also are on public assistance — relying on food stamps, Medicaid or other stretches of the safety net to help cover basic expenses when their paychecks come up short.

And they are not alone. Nearly three-quarters of the people helped by programs geared to the poor are members of a family headed by a worker, according to a new study by the Berkeley Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California. As a result, taxpayers are providing not only support to the poor but also, in effect, a huge subsidy for employers of low-wage workers, from giants like McDonald’s and Walmart to mom-and-pop businesses. More at

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House Budget Would Slash SNAP by $125 Billion Over Ten Years Wed, 25 Mar 2015 19:39:40 +0000 Food Stamp shopper










By Dorothy Rosenbaum and Brynne Keith-Jennings
March 20, 2015
The House Budget Committee’s budget plan would convert the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, formerly known as the Food Stamp Program) into a block grant beginning in 2021 and cut funding steeply — by $125 billion (34 percent) between 2021 and 2025. Cuts of this magnitude would end food assistance for millions of low-income families, cut benefits for millions of households, or some combination of the two. The prior Budget Committee chairman, Paul Ryan, proposed similarly deep SNAP cuts in each of the last four House budgets. Read more at:

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