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NC Food Banks to get $2 million in grants to fight hunger

Release date: 10/14/2013

AG Cooper awards money from consumer settlements

Raleigh:  Food banks across North Carolina will get $2 million in new grants to help fight hunger, Attorney General Roy Cooper announced Monday.

The money comes at a time when the state’s food banks are working harder than ever to help needy families.  Approximately one in five North Carolinians lack access to enough food to eat, including more than one in four children under the age of five.

“Food banks are a lifeline for many people in our state, and they need our support,” Cooper said. “We’re investing in our food banks to help struggling families and encourage others to get involved by donating or volunteering in their local communities.”

A total of $2 million in grants will be distributed to food banks statewide through the Food Bank of Eastern and Central North Carolina.  The funds come from food and pharmaceutical consumer settlements achieved by Cooper’s office.

Last year, North Carolina’s food banks distributed nearly 130 million pounds of nutritious food to people in need and the need is growing.  Approximately 2 million North Carolinians sought help from a food bank last year, according to the NC Association of Feeding America Food Banks.  The state’s food banks partner with more than 2,700 agencies such as food pantries, soup kitchens, food delivery programs, Meals-On-Wheels, and feeding programs for seniors, children and families. 
Cooper previously awarded $741,220 to the state’s food banks in 2011 as part of a price fixing settlement with major vitamin manufacturers and $100,000 to the state’s food banks in 2004 as part of a settlement with Salton, Inc.

Media contacts:  Noelle Talley (919) 716-6413