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'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.


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  • cwmllc1952 Nov 4, 2013

    It never hurts to help. Do the MATH ! If the revenue from the entry tickets for the same day were given to the Food Bank that would buy probably twice as much food. Maybe..... there is no GLORY in common sense and simple math.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Nov 1, 2013

    "Did they figure how much revenue was lost by taking in food and then giving it away?"

    First of all, what's it matter?

    Secondly, the stores selling the canned food made out like bandits.

  • DontVote4LiarsCheatsOrThieves Nov 1, 2013

    Bless the hearts of everyone who participated.

    With the reduction in food stamp benefits, this is REALLY going to be needed by those in need.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 1, 2013

    the amazing part is they were able to fit all 243,000 cans into a Prius and then have that Prius towed down east.

  • whatelseisnew Nov 1, 2013

    Wow that is impressive. And that folks is actually the correct way to help feed people. Voluntary acts and an arrangement between the fair, a private business and this Food bank.

  • Tar Heels Victory-NCAA CHAMPIONS Nov 1, 2013

    That is great, that they were able to collect that amount of food. The Food Bank works with Partner Agencies, who distribute the food in their particular communities. There is a shared maintenance fee of .18cents per pound, that the agencies contribute. This helps the food bank pay overhead costs and for fuel to make direct deliveries in communities in their 34 County service area.

  • GravyPig Nov 1, 2013

    "Did they figure how much revenue was lost by taking in food and then giving it away?"


  • GravyPig Nov 1, 2013

    "Question, does this go to those on welfare or those that need temporary assistance? If it is for those already on the government assistance, I think that is horrible and greedy."

    "One other thought, do they even look at anything that tells them the answer to my previous question or is this a program that just gives it out without any checks and verifications? I have donated to this food bank but now I want to know how it is managed."

    Here let me help you help yourself.


    There should be enough info to answer your questions and a contact number or e-mail form if you have ones that aren't.

  • 678devilish Nov 1, 2013

    Did they figure how much revenue was lost by taking in food and then giving it away?

    Never be so selfish. Help those in need. You could be in that line one day. You never know. So don't chat so big.

  • 678devilish Nov 1, 2013

    That is great. This will help feed many people in need.