Hunger Relief Day at the State Fair benefits Matthew victims

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCT)- In this week’s Community Spotlight, we’re taking a look at how to help our neighbors.

Hurricane Matthew’s aftermath flooded much of the east and forced many people to evacuate their homes. While the water has receded in many places, some people are still in shelters and temporary housing, struggling to make ends meet.

That’s one reason why the State Fair is partnering with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina for Hunger Relief Day.

Fairgoers can bring five cans of Food Lion brand food to the fair in exchange for one free admission ticket.

The food will be distributed throughout 34 counties, including some of the hardest hit by Matthew, like Lenoir, Pitt, Edgecombe, Craven, Duplin and Wayne Counties.

Since Matthew hit, the Food Bank has donated nearly 50,000 pounds of food for over 40,000 meals.

If you can’t make it to the fair and still want to help, the Food Bank says it’s also in need of monetary donations. For every one dollar donated, the Food Bank can serve five meals to people in need.

To help out, head to the Food Bank’s website and click on the Donate tab. You can make a one-time donation or sign up on a monthly basis.

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