Food Bank During Coronavirus

Michael Cotten, director of the Sandhills branch of Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, readies packages for delivery on March 20, 2020. The branch, which has partnered with the school system to provide meals to students, has been busier than normal in recent days.

The Moore County Health Department will be offering a face mask distribution event on Friday, July 31.

The event will run from 1-4 p.m. at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, 195 Sandy Ave. in Southern Pines.

The distribution event is being held in conjunction with the Food Bank and STAR 102.5’s “Stop Summer Hunger” campaign. Representatives from the Food Bank will be on-hand to accept donations, and all donations will benefit the Food Bank and go toward supporting children who usually benefit from free or reduced lunches and have been out of school due to COVID-19 closures and summer break.

Masks will be given out, one per person and free of charge for everyone who stops by. There will also be COVID-19 informational hand-outs available.

The Food Bank welcomes factory-sealed non-perishable products and beverages, refrigerated or frozen items and produce, as well as non-food essentials such as hygiene items, cleaning items or paper products. Most needed items include:

• Canned Fruits, Vegetables, Meat, and Soup (Pop-top cans and low sodium a plus!)

• Whole Grain Pasta, Brown Rice, Dried Beans, and Cereal

• Peanut Butter, and other nut butters

• For Infants: Pedialyte, Infant Cereal, Powdered Formula, Diapers, and Wipes

• For Kids: Fruit Cups, Juice Boxes, Granola Bars, Crackers, Popcorn and Sugar-Free Pudding Cups

• Non-Food Essentials: Hygiene Items, Household Items, and Paper Products

Due to food safety regulations, the Food Bank asks that you do not donate food items that are unsealed, loose items without ingredients listed, glass containers, or loose glass or plastic jars of baby food.

For more ways you can donate to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, visit

(3) comments

Kent Misegades

WHO guidance: Healthy people should wear masks only when 'taking care of' coronavirus patients. "If you do not have any repository symptoms such as fever, cough or runny nose, you do not need to wear a mask," Dr. April Baller, a public health specialist for the WHO, says in a video on the world health body's website posted in March. "Masks should only be used by health care workers, caretakers or by people who are sick with symptoms of fever and cough."

Sally Larson

Kent, your info, as usual, is out of date. Still, clinging onto Fake News? Here is the current info:

In areas with community transmission, the WHO now advises that members of the general public aged 60 and older and those with underlying conditions should wear a medical mask in situations where physical distancing is not possible.

The general public should wear non-medical masks where there is widespread transmission and when physical distancing is difficult, such as on public transport, in shops or in other confined or crowded environments.

Dan Roman

Kent is disoriented as to time and place. Dementia. For the sake of your health and sanity ignore everything he says.

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