Mission & Goals


No One Goes Hungry in Central & Eastern North Carolina.

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Goals & Strategies, Fiscal Year 2017-2018

Nourish People

  • Receive, sort, and distribute 70 million pounds of nutritious food—59 million meals—to people in need through a network of more than 800 partner agencies and direct distributions;
  • Serve 13,000 children through our Kids Meals & More child nutrition programs; 
  • Provide 3,900 older Americans with food every month through our targeted senior nutrition program.

  • 6 MONTH UPDATE: Distributed over 40 million pounds of nutritious food through our network of partner agencies; served 11,940 children through our Child Nutrition Programs; and provided over 4,000 older Americans with food each month through our senior nutrition program.

Build Nutrition

  • Encourage healthy food choices by distributing 26 million pounds of fresh fruits and vegetables;
  • Ensure at least 62% of the food we distribute is Foods to Encourage (F2E), such as produce, whole grains, low-fat dairy, lean protein and foods with less salt, sugar and fat;
  • Launch our Raleigh Demonstration Garden, which will showcase multiple methods of low-cost gardening for our partner agencies to replicate in their communities, and provide fresh produce to support local families.

  • 6 MONTH UPDATE: Distributed more than 14 million pounds of fresh produce which allows us to consistently maintain over 70% Food to Encourage distribution throughout our network; and successfully launched our Raleigh Community and Demonstration Garden with Spring planting season on the horizon.

Build Solutions

  • Serve 5,000 individuals through direct services, including healthy cooking demonstrations in our Raleigh teaching kitchen and nutrition education outreach;
  • Generate 1 million meals for food insecure families through our Three Squares for CENC benefits outreach program, and develop 2 healthcare partnership programs;
  • Protect federal nutrition programs by educating and engaging the community to bring attention to hunger issues;
  • Enhance our community’s culture of philanthropy, community involvement, and giving back and increase awareness of hunger through a strong volunteer engagement program contributing 250,000 hours of service.

  • 6 MONTH UPDATE: Outreach efforts for direct services have reached 3,835 individuals, almost 80% of goal; provided 657,000 meal through benefits outreach programming; launched the organization’s first healthcare partnership with Vidant Medical Center; achieved more than 125,000 hours of volunteer engagement; and continue to advocate for policies to ensure healthy food for our most vulnerable neighbors. 

Fiscal Year 2016-2017 Key Results

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is pleased to report the following results of the 2016-2017 fiscal year organizational goals:

  • We exceeded the goal of the So All May Eat capital campaign goal in February of 2017.
  • 70 million pounds of food and other essential items were distributed by year end (+5.6 million pounds). 
    • Our retail delivery pounds significantly increased by 2.1 million pounds, and our five branches had record distribution numbers. 
  • 23.3 million pounds (37% of total) fresh produce distributed by year end. 
  • We launched the Department of Community Health & Engagement in the fall of 2016.
  • We opened a new Raleigh Distribution Center, and expanded IT infrastructure across the entire organization.
  • 198,254 meals were provided through our Kids Summer Meals Program 2017. Hot meals catering was a big success and plans are underway to develop further partnerships for next year. 
  • Through targeted development activities, we expanded our partner agency capacity in the areas of volunteer retention, succession planning, and fundraising. 
  • The Commodity Supplemental Food Program was implemented in 9 counties, serving 2,448 senior households.

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