09/12/06 — Food Bank helping flooded areas

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Food Bank helping flooded areas

By News-Argus Staff
Published in News on September 12, 2006 1:47 PM

RALEIGH -- The Food Bank of central and eastern North Carolina distributes daily to the area that was in the direct path of Ernest. Wilmington, where Ernesto chose to come ashore, and Duplin County which is served by the Raleigh branch were effected by Ernesto. Flooding has been a problem in those two areas. The Food Bank staff has spent the past week assessing the areas and relief is on the way.

The Raleigh warehouse delivered a shipment of cleaning supplies and some food to a partner agency in Duplin County and the Wilmington Branch delivered a shipment in Pender County. There will be another shipment from Raleigh into Duplin County. Supplies mainly consist of water, cleaning supplies and food.

"We have received one load of supplies from America's Second Harvest - America's Food Bank Network," said Peter Werbicki, vice president of Operations for the Food Bank. "We have two in the pipeline, one of which is expected this Saturday. Once again, supplies mainly consist of cleaning supplies and some food. We will be reviewing the status of those two counties early next week," said Werbicki.

To be a part of daily hunger relief in the 34 counties served by the Food Bank of central and eastern North Carolina or to read more about how you can be a part of the relief effort in the event of a natural disaster, go to www.foodbankcenc.org.

The Food Bank is a nonprofit organization that provides food for people who are hungry in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 890 partner agencies offering soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults. In fiscal year 2005-2006, the Food Bank distributed more than 31.4 million pounds of food and non-food essentials through these agencies.