'Can day' at NC State Fair nets 243,000 pounds of food
Posted November 1, 2013
The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina collected 243,000 pounds of food during "can day" at the 2013 N.C. State Fair, according to numbers released Friday.
Directors with the food bank, which serves a 34-county area, the donations are enough to provide more than 200,000 meals to needy families in the eastern half of the state.
A year ago, fairgoers donated 214,000 pounds of food on Food Lion Hunger Relief Day.
The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina has partnered with Food Lion to run the event for 10 years. The largest amount of food was collected in 2010, when 247,000 pounds were donated.
In fiscal year 2012-13, the food bank distributed more than 52 million pounds of food and non-food essentials through 800 partner agencies.
More than 927,000 people attended the 2013 N.C. State Fair, down from 965,297 a year ago.