Food, Agriculture & Nutrition

Thank you to our Veteran Volunteers who continue to serve their community.

Throughout our 5-county service area, we come across some of the most giving people who are connected to Central California Food Bank's mission.

Meet Jim, a veteran, who volunteers at the Hanford Salvation Army's monthly Neighborhood Market. Jim has been volunteering in Kings County for many years and feels a great responsibility to give back to the Salvation Army because of the resources they provide to the people of Hanford and veterans such as himself.

Despite The Challenge, We Operate Numerous Programs To Support Our Springfield Community.

We look forward to the Fall season at Open Pantry Community Services, Inc. (OPCS) because it is a time for some of our most exciting and fruitful events! On November 21 – November 23, we will hold our Mayflower Marathon at the MGM in Springfield. The Mayflower Marathon is one of New England's largest annual food drives, which raises enough food to feed thousands of families across Springfield and the Western Massachusetts region through the winter. In addition, on Thanksgiving Day, we will hold the Stuff the Pantry 5k run fundraising event.

The Promise of Safe Water

Access to clean water can be life changing! But in the rural villages of Tanzania, the water available is not safe to drink. Contaminants including bacteria, protozoa and virus are present and contribute to diseases such as cholera, diarrhea, dysentery, hepatitis A, typhoid, and polio. When children and families do not have clean water, they often miss school and work.

Stories of Hunger in Northeastern North Carolina

Food Bank of the Albemarle serves 15 counties in northeastern North Carolina, serving over 8 Million meals annually. In 2022, an amazing 50% of our distribution was fresh, nutritious produce!
The public support has been incredibly generous and contributed greatly in enhancing the Food Bank’s ability to serve these individuals and families. We were fortunate to have a few share their stories with us, and how the Food Bank has helped them:

Looking Out for Your Neighbors

Arnie has been visiting Muldoon Mobile Food Pantry for years. He used to walk to the pantry every Wednesday morning when he lived closer. Now he is living at a senior center on Muldoon and always leaves whatever he cannot use in a box in the common area for others. Arnie states: “the box always goes empty.” He enjoys cooking and sharing his meals with others in his building as well, many of which use walkers or have mobility issues. Sometimes he just knocks and drops things off at people’s door. They seem to know who left it and are always appreciative.