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Food Bank 24-hour telethon starts Friday at noon!

Posted September 26, 2014


The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is having an exciting 24-hour telethon starting on Friday, 9/26 at noon! Join us at the food bank location in Raleigh for fun and informative events or watch the telethon on their website and consider donating!

Here are the event details:

When: Starts 12 noon on September 26 through 12 noon on September 27

What: 24-Hour telethon with the goal of raising $60,000 to provide 300,000 meals to our neighbors in need.  The Food Bank and Gregory Ng (Food Bank Social Media Ambassador & CMO of Brooks Bell) are coming together once again to raise food, funds and awareness as a part of the national Hunger Action Month movement.

Where: Raleigh Food Bank Headquarters, 3808 Tarheel Drive, Raleigh, NC

Activities: There will be a Food Truck Rodeo during lunch on Friday, a Mixer in the evening on Friday and more! I'll be chatting with the Food Bank folks on Friday at 3:00 pm about ways that the Smart Shopper blog has partnered with the Food Bank over the last 5 years.  You can see the interview live at 3 pm on Friday on their website. For a full list of events see the Event Schedule.

If you get a chance to join us at the event, they welcome your food and fund donations.  If you can't make it out to the Food Bank, please consider donating even a little to help those in our community who are food insecure. Many of those struggling are children and your donation can make a difference. For every $1 donated, the food bank can provide $10 worth of food or FIVE meals!

I hope to see you there!


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  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Sep 27, 2014

    For those who are interested, the food bank telethon raised just over $47,000 this year and that will provide 234,000 meals! Thanks to all who supported the worthy cause!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Sep 26, 2014

    50s Child

    You clearly have not met the many good people who work hard every day to provide for their families and then lose their jobs when businesses close. In an economy where jobs are not readily available, they end up struggling while diligently looking for work.

    These children you make fun of are not poor because they want to be. It is through no fault of their own that their parents are not supporting them adequately.

    Not every person who uses the food bank is doing so fraudulently. And I am one of those people who think that the elderly and the disabled who are unable to work and have no family to support them also deserve to eat. I hope I am in the majority.

    I am definitely a fiscal conservative and very much want to see the fraud that the system allows abolished, but I have compassion for those who are truly in need.

  • heremeaj Sep 26, 2014

    50s CHILD _ If you run for office I will vote for you!!!!

    NAKABI - Got your message, will call you and catch up.

  • 50s Child Sep 26, 2014

    I already "help" the hungry whether I like it or not, via my taxes. The perennial cry of "but the chilllllllldren!" is annoying. Why do "my hungry neighbors" keep having kids?

    "Food insecure" is jargon invented by those whose jobs depend on "the poor". Perhaps if they found ways to weed out the cheaters and frauds who boast about getting free cash they know they don't qualify for were it not for their fraudulent "doctors" who say their clients can't work; or catching those who sell their EBT cards for cash, or the groceries they just "bought" for cash in the parking lot so they can turn the cash into drugs, legal and otherwise; and find out why "most of the hungry are chillllllllllldren" when we pay to feed them breakfast, lunch, snack and then send them home with food for the weekend and all summer, they'd actually make the difference they SAY they want to bring about.

    But it's much more fun to get on camera during a telethon.

  • nakabi Sep 26, 2014

    Heremeaj-Long time no see!!! So glad to see you back on the blog! I called you but didnt hear from you...hope all is well.....

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Sep 26, 2014

    nakabi - well said!

  • nakabi Sep 26, 2014

    What a great opportunity for all of us to help! As someone who was born and had lived in numerous 3rd world countries and seen first hand what hunger looks like, I hope many people take a hold of this opportunity to make a huge difference in othet people's lives! !!

  • Faye Prosser -WRAL Smart Shopper Sep 26, 2014

    Emma Royd - The food and fund drive for the very important cause of helping your hungry neighbors qualifies as top news because this is only a 24 hour event and we want to get the word out to as many as possible. The goal is to raise enough money to provide 300,000 meals to those who are food insecure.

    If you were struggling to put food on the table for your children, I would imagine you would have no trouble understanding why this is so important. I hope that you and your family never have to experience hunger and the poverty that goes with it. And I hope you can find it in your heart to reach out and help those in your community who are in need, including over 30% who are children.

    Thanks for reading the post and welcome to the blog, which usually hangs out quietly in the Consumer section, helping people live within their means. :-)

  • Typical WRAL Commenter Sep 26, 2014

    I also would prefer to not be treaded on.

  • Ishitonthewralcorncobdesk Sep 26, 2014

    I don't get why a blog is considered TOP NEWS?