Hurricane Florence 2018 Updates:
The Feeding the Carolinas network of Food Banks in South Carolina and North Carolina have activated their Emergency Action Plans and are in active planning mode to make sure their service area and our sister food banks are covered most effectively, when a disaster occurs.
We are working closely with Feeding America and are ready to act when Florence arrives, to get needed supplies and food to the affected areas.
We are evaluating available resources, identifying needs, and ensuring our partners are as prepared as possible in each of our communities across the region.
We have or are putting supplies in place, partner agencies have been contacted, and safety measures have been reviewed.
We do have a “Donate” button that can be used for monetary gifts – we will use and distribute funds to the food banks as needed, and a financial donation gives us the most flexibility in helping those in need.
We are hoping for the best, while preparing for what may be a worst-case scenario.
We will provide specific needs as we identify them – thanks in advance for your support!
Food Bank Specific Updates:
(Note: There are literally hundreds of smaller agencies that are supported by these food banks. Check with your local organizations for any updates on closings/etc.)
North Carolina –
Asheville area: MANNA Food Bank is working to support the food banks in the Carolinas and beyond. No closings at this time.
Charlotte/Metrolina (supporting SC as well): Second Harvest Food Bank of Metrolina is in planning mode, and monitoring the tracking of the storm. No closings at this time.
Elizabeth City/NE NC: Food Bank of the Albemarle will be CLOSING at 12:00 PM (Noon) on Thursday, September 13, 2018, and we will be CLOSED on Friday, September 14, 2018. The Albemarle Food Pantry will also be CLOSED on Friday. They will post updates on their website.
Fayetteville/Eastern NC: Second Harvest Food Bank of SE NC (an agency of Action Pathways), has announced that they will be closed Thursday, September 13th, and Friday, September 14th, 2018. Operational updates will be published on their website.
Raleigh and East: Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC is posting updates on their website as well. As of Thursday 9/13, Some Food Bank Branches will be closed over the coming days, for the safety of Food Bank Staff. We will re-open as soon as it is safe to do so.
- New Bern: Closed Wednesday 9/12 – Friday 9/14
- Wilmington: Closed Wednesday 9/12 at 12pm – Friday 9/14
- Greenville: Closed Thursday 9/13 – Friday 9/14
- Raleigh, Durham, and Sandhills: Closed Friday, 9/14
Also note that the Inter-Faith Food Shuttle is working closely with the Food Bank of Central and Eastern NC in support of disaster planning and relief.
Winston-Salem/NW NC: Read what Second Harvest Food Bank of NW NC is doing to prepare. As of Thursday 9/13 they are still open.
South Carolina –
Augusta GA (serving SC): Golden Harvest Food Bank is monitoring storm conditions and tracking and will respond as needed. No closings at this time.
Charleston: The Low Country Food Bank in Charleston is currently closed to the public and will only reopen when they deem it safe for employees to return to work. That date is unclear yet could go into early next week depending on the trajectory of the storm.
Charlotte/Metrolina (supporting SC as well): See note above under NC.
Columbia: Harvest Hope is posting updates on their website. As of Thursday 9/13 AM, Harvest Hope Food Bank Peedee in Florence, SC is temporarily closed until further notice. Lexington County Emergency Food Pantry in Cayce will close at 11 AM on Friday, Sept. 14. Harvest Hope Food Bank Emergency Food Pantry on Shop Road in Columbia will close at 11 AM on Friday, Sept. 14.