Last Updated on April 13, 2021
Last Updated on April 13, 2021
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If you’ve had the pleasure of visiting or living in North Carolina, you’ll know there are some amazing people here. Quite a few of us remain forutnate enough to not be in a place of need, while many struggle for access to basic things that include food.
Thankfully, we have an amazing system of food banks in North Carolina, each one highly sophisticated and prepared to do whatever it takes for those who need it. That includes supporting the food pantries that take care of people’s immediate needs and also, providing education and longer-term solutions for communities most affected by lack of food.
On an individual level, our food banks have solid infrastructures and teams. They even work well together with other food banks throughout North Carolina (and beyond) to coordinate and manage increasing demands to better feed people in need today and in the future.
Inside this guide, we’ll share a condensed list of all 7 food banks in North Carolina, along with contact info, the counties they serve, and finally, how you can help.
The top image comes courtesy of Inter-Faith Food Shuttle. For more about them and our other food banks, keep reading!
List of Food Banks in North Carolina
After each of these food banks, we’ll provide the following:
- Address info that leads to Google Maps for directions
- Phone Number
- Donate Link
- Counties Served
Food Bank of the Albemarle
- Address: 109 Tidewater Way, Elizabeth City, NC 27909
- Phone: 252-335-4035
- Website: afoodbank.org
- Counties Served (15): Beaufort, Bertie, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Dare, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Northampton, Pasquotank, Perquimans, Tyrrell and Washington
Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC
- 1924 Capital Blvd, Raleigh, NC 27604
- Phone: 919-875-0707
- Website: foodbankcenc.org
- Counties Served (34): Brunswick, Carteret, Chatham, Columbus, Craven, Duplin, Durham, Edgecombe, Franklin, Granville, Greene, Halifax, Harnett, Johnston, Jones, Lee, Lenoir, Moore, Nash, New Hanover, Onslow, Orange, Pamlico, Pender, Person, Pitt, Richmond, Sampson, Scotland, Vance, Wake, Warren, Wayne, and Wilson
Inter-Faith Food Shuttle
- 1001 Blair Drive, Raleigh, NC 27603
- Phone: 919-250-0043
- Website: foodshuttle.org
- Counties Served (7): Chatham, Durham, Johnston, Nash, Orange, Wake, and Wilson
For more about Inter-Faith Food Shuttle, listen to our interview with Director Ron Pringle for NC Travel Chat.
MANNA Food Bank
- 627 Swannanoa River Road, Asheville, NC 28805-2445
- Phone: 828-299-3663
- Website: mannafoodbank.org
- Counties Served (16): Avery, Buncombe, Cherokee, Clay, Graham, Haywood, Henderson, Jackson, Macon, Madison, McDowell, Mitchell, Polk, Swain, Transylvania, and Yancey
Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina
- 500-B Spratt Street, Charlotte, NC 28206
- Phone: 704-376-1785
- Website: secondharvestmetrolina.org
- Counties Served (14): Anson, Burke, Cabarrus, Catawba, Cleveland, Gaston, Iredell, Lincoln, Mecklenburg, Montgomery, Rowan, Rutherford, Stanly, and Union. Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina also serves 10 counties in South Carolina
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC
- 3655 Reed Street, Winston-Salem, NC 27107
- Phone: 336-784-5770
- Website: secondharvestnwnc.org
- Counties Served (17): Alamance, Alexander, Alleghany, Ashe, Caldwell, Davidson, Davie, Forsyth, Guilford, Iredell, Randolph, Rockingham, Stokes, Surry, Watauga, Wilkes, and Yadkin
Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeast NC
- 406 Deep Creek Road, P.O. Box 2009, Fayetteville, NC 28312
- Phone: 910-485-6923
- Website: hungercantwait.org
- Counties Served (6): Bladen, Cumberland, Duplin, Harnett, Hoke, and Sampson
How You Can Help
There are a few ways you can help food banks in North Carolina and elsewhere in the US. The quickest and most convenient way (for you and these food banks) is to donate.
Based on numbers you’ll see, that money goes a very long way toward helping people. Also, in many cases, food banks and partner organizations match your donation to make it go even further.
You can also volunteer, either by going to food bank sites in person, by delivering meals, by organizing food drives, or one of the many other ways available. If you’re not based in North Carolina, Feeding America has a Volunteer section that will link you up with the nearest food bank and options to help out.
Our Food Banks Need Your Help
Before we wrap up this post, we also want to give a shoutout to Feeding the Carolinas. They are the umbrella network to all these food banks in North Carolina, South Carolina, and even in Georgia. The work done by them and all other partners is crucial to keeping people fed and
If you have a food bank in your area and you’re able to help through a donation or volunteer in anway, please think about doing so because there are a lot of people who need help today and beyond.
Also, if you have an area food pantry that works with any of these food banks and could use a shoutout, please let us know in the comments section or by email!