WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - Thanks to the support of local companies, the food bank's initiative to stop summer hunger is possible.
The Grainger Foundation donated $40,000 to the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina in support of its Stop Summer Hunger campaign, which will pay for at least 200,000 meals.
This grant will be used to support programs fighting childhood hunger and to help cover operating expenses at the Greenville, Raleigh, Sandhills, and Wilmington branches.
In Wilmington, hunger remains a big problem facing a lot of families.
"Here in the Wilmington area, there are approximately 70,000 people who rely on food assistance of some form and 22,000 of that 70,000 are children. So that's why stopping summer hunger is necessary," said Jeff Rose, Wilmington Branch Director.
In the 34 counties served by the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, nearly 300,000 children lose access to the free and reduced cost breakfast and lunch during the summer break.
The food bank is able to take a $1 donation and distribute generally $10 worth of food or at least five meals.
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