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Grant to fund weekend meals for kids

Posted August 18, 2014

— The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina is receiving a grant to help it feed children on weekends and during school breaks.

Officials with the Bayer USA Foundation will present a grant Monday to provide nearly 500,000 healthy meals to children over a three-year period. The weekend program provides food for children who are eligible for free and low-cost meals at school.

The program will help nearly 700 students this school year and will grow to almost 900 children in the third year of the grant.

Mix 101.5's annual food drive for the Backpack Buddies is Wednesday, Aug. 20. Stop by to drop off your food or monetary donations between 6 a.m. and 6 p.m. at Brier Creek Commons (in front of Dick's Sporting Goods) and in Cary at Crossroads Plaza (in front of Old Navy).

Backpack Buddies is a program of the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle.


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  • JustOneGodLessThanU Aug 19, 2014

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    Yes, freeloaders need to stop! We’ve got to stop handouts to corporations & Billionaires.

    And now that "corporations are people" (as Romney reminds us), maybe Conservatives will start pulling welfare for them too. Or not.

  • "Screen Name-8/20" Aug 18, 2014

    Glad to hear this.
    Prayers for them.

  • Jerry Sawyer Aug 18, 2014
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    My complaint is that so many people will not make sure their kids are fed. This is child abuse. Thirty percent of the population of North Carolina don't REALLY need food assistance. Well, they do - so they can afford their IPAD,s

  • Doseofreality88 Aug 18, 2014

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    Who said that the parents shouldn't break the cycle? Now that was never even spoken about. Of course they should. Please find the local United Way near you and find out how you can volunteer to help these adults become more self sufficient. I stopped complaining years ago.

  • Doseofreality88 Aug 18, 2014

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    I am very blessed :) You should try it sometime.

  • T-Man Aug 18, 2014

    These comments are rather depressing. You folks are actually complaining about poor kids getting food?!? Seriously???

  • Betty Russell Aug 18, 2014
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    Bless your heart

  • 50s Child Aug 18, 2014

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    Really? Are you sure Bayer isn't taking money it doesn't have to pay in taxes (the much-maligned "corporate welfare") and using it to pay for kids whose parents don't believe in buying food for them? You know, kind of like the Education Lottery proceeds going into bureaucrats' pockets instead of improving education? Not sure if I'm getting my point across but at some point, we all pay.

    Besides, why shouldn't the PARENTS break the cycle of poverty and dependence?

  • common tater Aug 18, 2014

    I'm all about supporting your own kids. But this is a private company who can choose where to spend profits. At least they're not giving it to peta.

  • Doseofreality88 Aug 18, 2014

    I see half of you think you have the solutions. But what action are you taking? Volunteer. I have volunteered for years for the elderly, the poor even animals. It's rewarding. I don't complain anymore, I pitch in.