Second Harvest Food Bank celebrates Red Nose Day

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Second Harvest Food Bank celebrates Red Nose Day

FAYETTEVILLE, NC—On May 24, Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina (SHFB) celebrated Red Nose Day with local businesses at their distribution center on Deep Creek Road. Sort-A-Rama brought 100 volunteers together to sort and package donated food items for the community.

The initiative was organized by Comic Relief Inc.  in the U.K. in 1988, and this marks the fourth annual Red Nose Day USA. Money raised through fund-raising and the sales of red noses at local Walgreens stores supports programs that create safe and healthy environments for children across the globe. Through last year’s Red Nose Day USA fund-raising, Feeding America received funds to help member agencies fight childhood hunger through local programming efforts.

A proud member of the Feeding America network, Second Harvest received a Red Nose Day Child Hunger Grant in October 2017. The $10,000 grant provided funding for its BackPack program, which supplements meals for school-age children of low-income families. For some students across Cumberland County, the lunch provided in the school cafeteria is the only guaranteed meal they receive each day. Second Harvest works with school social workers to place healthy snacks in eligible students’ backpacks on Friday afternoons, ensuring access to quality foods over the weekend.

 

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ABOUT SHFB: Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast North Carolina is an Action Pathways program of Action Pathways Inc. and a member of Feeding America.  SHFB serves seven counties in Southeast North Carolina: Cumberland, Hoke, Harnett, Sampson, Duplin, Bladen, and Robeson. In FY2017, SHFB distributed more than 9.1 million pounds of food and household items through 260 member agencies including emergency pantries, soup kitchens, senior programs, and shelters. SHFB engages nearly 20,000 volunteer hours annually.

SHFB on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/hungercantwait

 

 

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