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Hunger Relief Day helps thousands of NC families

Posted October 24, 2013

— Food Lion Hunger Relief Day at the NC State Fair is always a crucial day for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, but the need is greater than normal in 2013, spokeswoman Christy Simmons said Thursday. 

"We've seen about a 12 percent increase in need since June," Simmons said. 

Because of that increase, food bank, fair and Food Lion officials decided to increase the donation amount required to receive free admission to the fair. Fairgoers will receive one free admission for every five cans of Food Lion food. 

"Food Lion Hunger Relief Day not only benefits our food bank, but it benefits our sister food banks," Simmons said. "In our food bank's 34-county service area, we serve about 560,000 people each day who live at or below the poverty level." Hunger Relief Hunger Relief Day a 'community effort' at state fair

Since 2004, fairgoers have donated more than 1.8 million pounds of food. Last year, fairgoers donated more than 214,000 pounds of food which was equivalent to 180,242 meals. About 400 volunteers will be on hand Thursday to collect donations. 

"We're so thankful to fairgoers who will bring their cans of food with them today," Simmons said. "It's a huge community effort."

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  • whatelseisnew Oct 24, 2013

    Another point about this story, the Fair is foregoing ticket sales by accepting the food. Now perhaps Food Lion is picking up some of the tab for the lost ticket sales and that is why the request is to bring Food Lion products. Food Lion must be putting something in the pot, because they will be selling a lot of canned goods.

  • Inside The Beltline Oct 24, 2013

    "Does it have to be 'Food Lion' cans? -lyteoflife

    At least in past years it did not have to be, they were happy to get anything.

  • whatelseisnew Oct 24, 2013

    "However, these people are the entitlements that the TEA party is talking about that no one should help."

    Wrong. If you want to HELP, fine. However, if you want to put a gun to my head, take my money that I worked hard to earn and pretend YOU are helping someone, then NO that is not fine.
    I give donations to food banks. Food Stamps and WIC, should not exist. That is not help, that is Government theft at the point of a gun.

  • Inside The Beltline Oct 24, 2013

    Good thing they're collecting for the bare shelves at the Food Bank. Tillis, Stam, and Berger have promised jobs jobs jobs for 3 years now, and North Carolina has the worst unemployment in America. On top of that, DHHS's new state of the art software doesn't work, and NC cut off hundreds of thousands of people who are destitute - while our Governor orders a gold bathtub for himself. I won't go the fair, but I'll donate to the food bank.

  • El Hans Oct 24, 2013

    Did McCrory show up with a plate of cookies?

  • Brian Jenkins Oct 24, 2013

    I agree that this has nothing to do with Obama. This also has nothing to do with McCrory. However, these people are the entitlements that the TEA party is talking about that no one should help.
    tracmister
    October 24, 2013 12:07 p.m.
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    Giving them food isnt "helping" them. Like I said Ill take anyone who is physically able and teach them how to eat, without begging.

  • Obamacare is here Oct 24, 2013

    Yep, Obama's been organizing food banks since 1980. *eye roll*

  • Vote for Pedro Oct 24, 2013

    Does it have to be 'Food Lion' cans? I would think the NC Food Bank would appreciate any canned food no matter what store it comes from.
    lyteoflife

    I'm sure they would love any stores goods to be contributed. However, this particular event sounds like Food Lion is working on concert with them and most likely are providing a decent monetary contribution to enhance the contributions. You can take non Food Lion product donations directly to the food bank, you will receive a heartfelt thank you.

  • tracmister Oct 24, 2013

    I agree that this has nothing to do with Obama. This also has nothing to do with McCrory. However, these people are the entitlements that the TEA party is talking about that no one should help.

  • wdweveryyear Oct 24, 2013

    the NC food bank was founded in 1980, didn't realize Mr Obama had been in office that long!!

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