Partnerships Fill Plates!
Monday, December 19, 2016
As a Bayer employee in Research Triangle Park, I get to work on a lot of different things, but one of the most fulfilling responsibilities I have is working with organizations that help to strengthen and better our communities. I received this letter from the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina, located just a few miles away from our headquarters in Durham, NC. As demonstrated below, the work they do impacts a large number of families and children who are in need of food. The holiday season is a great time to reflect on all the positive work that goes on around us, and while this is just one example, I hope the food bank knows that we are thankful for their tireless efforts and the positive impact they make.
Letter from the Food Bank:
In this season of thanks and generosity, we at the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina are so incredibly grateful for the community partnerships that help us meet our mission of ensuring no one goes hungry in central and eastern North Carolina.
The commitment of Bayer USA Foundation to ending hunger helps us provide meals to the more than 600,000 people in our 34-county service area who don’t know where their next meal is coming from. And 1 in 3 of those 600,000 people in need are children.
Bayer knows that children shouldn't have to worry about when and where they will have their next meal. Through our programs, children across our 34-county service area receive nutritious meals after school, on weekends, and during the summer.
In 2014, Bayer awarded the Food Bank with a three-year grant (2014-2017) of $300,000 to sustain our Weekend Power Pack programs and increase the number of children served. The three-year grant will provide more than 144,398 Weekend Power Packs loaded with 486,948 nutritious meals to 2,387 young children struggling with food insecurity.
The program goes a long way in providing some normalcy for kids who don’t always know where their next meal will come from. One 4th grade child shared: “Every Friday, I am excited to see inside of my food bag . . . especially the snacks.”
“It’s thanks to partners like Bayer that we’re able to continue our work distributing nutritious food options for those who are hungry in our community,” said the Food Bank CEO Peter Werbicki. “We’re incredibly grateful for Bayer’s commitment for being here for us every day, and helping us ensure no one goes hungry in central and eastern North Carolina.”
Since 1980, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina has worked with a network of more than 800 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines), and Wilmington. In fiscal year 2015-2016, the Food Bank distributed more than 64.4 million pounds of food (60% of which was perishable- proteins and fresh produce!) and non-food essentials through these agencies. Sadly, hunger remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. In these counties, more than 600,000 people struggle to access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for an active and healthy life. But thanks to partnerships like the one Bayer has provided, we are able to work harder than ever to end hunger.