Double your impact during the holidays with donations to food bank that serves Wake County

Thinking about ways to give back this season? Donating to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina can help our neighbors experiencing food insecurity.

📰 The news: Now until Dec. 31, your financial donation to the food bank will be matched, thanks to some generous individual donors. [donate here]

That means your money will be doubled up to $174,000 when you donate before the end of the year.

🖼️ The big picture: 12.1% of Wake County residents, or 124,130 people, are food insecure in Wake County.

41,320 children in Wake County under 18 (16.4% of kids), are food insecure.

The food bank works with partner agencies such as Brown Bag Ministry, Community Helpers, Healing Transitions, Raleigh Rescue Mission and Salvation Army Raleigh.

🥫 The context: Needs go up in the winter time, said Jessica Slider Whichard, director of communications at the food bank.

Besides increased utility bills, kids are out of school for vacation or bad weather, meaning more food at home is necessary.

Funds raised around this time of year also help sustain the food bank during the new year and early spring, when giving tends to be lower.

⏭️ How to help: Besides donating money during the matching period, you can host a food drive: [the most needed items].

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