State funds released to help struggling NC food banks

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WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina is one of several recipients of $2 million in grants Attorney General Roy Cooper announced his office is releasing.

Cooper said Monday the funding will come from food and pharmaceutical consumer settlements achieved by Cooper’s office.

Also Monday, Governor Pat McCrory announced his office is releasing about $750,000 from state funds for the seven regional food banks to help the bank stock up in these tough times.

"We appreciate the state's flexibility in allowing us access to earlier appropriated funds,” said Clyde Fitzgerald of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest N.C. “What’s been happening since July has been a number of hits against those who have limited resources.”

He went on to say the current emergency situation many food banks are facing is because, "the state's decision regarding unemployment program, the state's decision regarding Medicaid funds and then the federal government shut down further complicated that in the delays in WIC and the furloughing of a number of federally funded employees."

According to Cooper, about one in five people in North Carolina do not have enough food to eat, which includes 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.”

The Attorney General's office expects Second Harvest in Winston-Salem to receive about $400,000 of the $2 million grant allocation. There is no word on how much of the $750,000 will come to the Piedmont or when the funds will be available.

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