Saturday, March 25, 2023

Vendors, meal sites needed for food bank’s summer meal program

SOUTHEASTERN N.C. — A regional nonprofit is seeking assistance for its summer meal program.

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina has put a call out to vendors to provide meals for its Kids Summer Meals program, offering health options for students during summer months.

In 2021-2022 the nonprofit distributed more than 95 million pounds of food and non-food essentials through its 700 partner agencies.

The initiative is a USDA federally funded resource which offers free nutritious meals to children 18 and under. Vendors interested in participating could include restaurants or caterers interested in provided prepared meals.

The food bank is also looking for meal sites from which to serve during summer 2023.

Vendors and sites could come from any of the nonprofit’s 34-county service area. Two learning opportunities for potential vendors will be held virtually in February and include details about the program, address how the food bank works with vendors, and highlight the benefits of participation.

The sessions will be held Feb. 9 at 4:30 p.m. for information on meal sites and Feb. 16 at 4:30 p.m. for potential vendors.

To sign up for a meeting, visit the food bank’s website or email

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