Food Bank of the Albemarle Timeline

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The Original Food Bank sign

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Friday, August 11, 2017


– Citizens and community members came together to address the needs of the hungry in the Albemarle.


— The Albemarle Food Bank and Food Pantry, Inc. was founded in Elizabeth City and led by Deborah Fox.

— The 1st Annual Walk for Hunger was organized.

— 467,872 meals were distributed during the first five years.


— The Albemarle Soup Kitchen opened to feed the homeless in the Albemarle. During the first 6 weeks of operation, over 6,000 hot lunches were served.

— 1.9 million meals were distributed from 1987-91.


— Name was changed to Albemarle Manna.

— The Rural Delivery Program was initiated to distribute food to agencies located in rural areas.

— Dine Out to Help Out was introduced in 1995.


— Deborah Fox left as Executive Director and Cindy Wagner became the new Executive Director.

— Appropriation from the State of North Carolina was received for the construction of a new warehouse.

— The new facility on Tidewater Way opened. The organizational name was changed to Food Bank of the Albemarle.

— Cindy Wagner left as Executive Director. Gus Smith became the new Executive Director.

— The Second Helpings Program was initiated as a food rescue operation. The truck fleet was expanded.

— Approximately 9.6 million meals were distributed.


— Gus Smith retired as Executive Director. Liz Reasoner became the new Executive Director.


— The Mobile Food Pantry Program was initiated to serve rural areas without a physical pantry nearby.


— The Food Bank of the Albemarle continues to serve the hungry in northeast North Carolina.


— Empty Bowls of the Albemarle was introduced. Empty Bowls is an international, grassroots fundraising concept, which merges the talents of local artists with hunger-relief efforts.


— Summer Feeding Program introduced

— Disaster planning with Food Bank of Central & Eastern funded by All State Foundation

— Mary Ann Kramer Award introduced to recognize outstanding volunteer achievement and dedication.

— Pilot Project with Pamlico Shores Produce introduced to rescue unsaleable potatoes for distribution to hungry families. This project has provided over 500,000 lbs. of potatoes since the introduction.


— Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP) – This program, initially introduced in Northampton County, provides boxes of food to senior citizens.

— Food Bank of the Albemarle adopts the “Bold Goal” of providing 10.7 million meals annually by 2025 to close the meal gap, utilizing a plan that will grow the organization’s capacity incrementally every year.

— “Dine Out to Help Out” fundraising event was expanded to include Beaufort, Bertie, Gates, Hertford, Hyde, Martin, Northampton, Tyrrell and Washington Counties during Hunger Action Month in September.

— Provided disaster relief assistance to northeastern North Carolina residents impacted by Hurricane Matthew


— CSFP program expands to include eight counties within the service area. Current distribution of 1,651 boxes to senior adults monthly.

— Over the past 35 years, Food Bank has distributed in excess of 80 million pounds of food through its partner agencies, providing the area’s hungry with approximately 66 million meals.