RALEIGH—State leaders joined hands with North Carolina retailers on Wednesday to donate nearly $100,000 to the “North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks”.
The annual event brings tractor-trailer loads of food donations to the legislative building, as well as cash and in-kind donations that are collected on site.
According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, one in six people in North Carolina are food insecure on a regular basis.
“We always love it when our basketball teams rank in the top ten. But every year we have to stop and remember that North Carolina is one of the highest rates of food insecurity in the country. We are consistently in the top ten and unfortunately for the last four or five years we have been running neck and neck with some of our sister states in the south for the highest levels of child food insecurity,” said Alan Briggs, with the NC Association of Feeding American Food Banks.
CVS Caremark, Food Lion, Harris Teeter, Lowes Foods stores, Publix, Rite Aid, Sheetz, Walgreens and Walmart all participated by donating truckloads of food and personal care products.