Beaufort County Food Bank Clients Doubled Since Last Year

By: April Davis/ Chris Jones
By: April Davis/ Chris Jones

As many of us gather with friends and family for a wonderful holiday season more and more people in our area are going without. More would be if not for the generosity of their community. One local food bank is trying to meet the growing need for help this Christmas.

Pam Martin stocked up for the holidays, bread, vegetables, and she's already planning her Christmas dinner, but the grocery trip didn't cost her a penny. Martin was at Eagle's Wings- Beaufort County's largest food pantry.

"It's important to have a place that when you're low on money- to have a place that you can come to and not feel intimidated and come and get the stuff you need," said Martin

The staff and volunteers here are seeing more people like Martin each month. In fact they're coming off a huge November. Last year they served about 250 families in November. This year it doubled to almost 500 families.

Executive Director Sally Love says: "20-percent of that was new families. So we're seeing a lot of new families right now, and some of that is Hurricane Irene. We still have families living in motels."

That's where many will spend the holidays.

Fortunately, Love says, many who are in a position to give, do so during the holidays.

"We're probably behind a little bit in donations, although people have stepped up this month, and usually December is good for us," said Love.

She says January, February and March are typically lean months at the pantry, so what they bring in this month will have to last long after the holiday decorations come down.

Love says they have a fair amount of canned vegetables, but could really use staples like flour or even hygiene products like toothpaste and deodorant.

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  • by George Location: Kinston on Dec 9, 2011 at 11:09 AM
    Wonder how many of those receiving free food are in this country illegally and are already getting welfare and food stamps?
  • by Steve Location: Washington on Dec 9, 2011 at 08:22 AM
    This organization is a Christian based ministry distributing food to the poor. One of the good things about this ministry is that it does a good job of screening applicants to identify the needy from the lazy. It’s not a perfect system but it is very efficient and does a much better job at this than most churches and other charitable organization. Because of this, churches should consider directing all calls for food assistance to this ministry. But I understand Eagles Wings in Washington is struggling as the needy are increasing in these hard times. Please consider supporting and asking your church to support this very worthwhile ministry. And here is a way you can support them year round. Foodlion MVP cards can be registered to direct funds to Eagles Wings with each swipe of your card. It doesn’t cost us anything extra but it increases Eagles Wings buying power to help provide for children, single parent homes, the elderly, and other poor in our community. I am told this charity has the buying power of 10 to 1. Every $10 will purchase $100 of food through their ministry. I know every church supports some good ministries. And if all of them provided some support for this Christian ministry, it would bring them out of their struggling condition and help feed the poor more efficiently than most churches can. If everyone who attends church would register their MVP cards and designate Eagles Wings as their charity it would be a big help to the local community and would cost nothing out of pocket. To register your MVP card go to: and choose Eagles Wings as your charity.
  • by ibxer on Dec 8, 2011 at 10:59 PM
    The Bible says: "No one can serve two masters. Either you will hate the one and love the other, or you will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money." Time for us to be Christ-like and help the poor.
    • reply
      by OK on Dec 8, 2011 at 11:53 PM in reply to ibxer
      I'll be "the poor"
  • by Anonymous on Dec 8, 2011 at 08:51 PM
    hope and change, working real good
  • by Y-Knot? on Dec 8, 2011 at 08:30 PM
    I mean, if you can get your food for free, why pay for it, right? Just like the choice people make when they tip their servers at a don't HAVE to, so why do it?
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      by Grandma on Dec 9, 2011 at 10:57 AM in reply to Y-Knot?
      It is simple, Y-Knot! There are folks doing their best to go to school and not leave their parents with a huge debt. These young people are MOST deserving of a tip if the service is good. You never know a person's real situation and what is going on in their life. They are not working just for the meager salary they get from the restaurant. They depend on tips to help pay their rent, utilities, gas, car insurance, and they do want a $ now and then to buy groceries. They can't eat at a restaurant all the time. I say all of this because I have a grandson who does all these things on his own. And yes, I am very proud of him. He pays his way today and will continue to be one who will contribute to society. I, like most other people, would certainly rather he be a contributor than be a beat off of society. If you are so tight you can't or you refuse to pay for service in a restaurant, I'm sure you can't help but agree. Just remember, there are deadbeats who don't want to work for a living, but there are also deadbeats in restaurants who don't tip their waiters/waitresses! A deadbeat is a deadbeat any way you look at it!
  • by Lewis Location: Plymouth on Dec 8, 2011 at 07:58 PM
    There is no hunger in America. Any Republican will verify this fact.
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      by What? on Dec 9, 2011 at 05:13 AM in reply to Lewis
      Why do we the USA send millions and millions of dollars worth of food to other countries? While we have people here that are in need of food. Makes no sense to me whatsoever.

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