Teens help fight childhood hunger


The teens were on hand at the Harris Teeter in Cary to collect food donations for the Feed the Need campaign.

"For the past three years, we've been out here helping with the food bank, and we've been able to see what an impact we make not only on the food bank but in the community," Andrew Stowe, a student at the North Carolina School of Science and Math said.

The Feed the Need event has been an annual event in the Triangle since 2007, and it directly benefits local children in need.  Over the past five years, Feed the Need has provided more than one million meals to area families.

"There are one in four children in our service area at risk of hunger," Peter Werbicki, President and CEO of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern N.C. said. "The problem is huge, and it's cyclical, and we have to do something to break the cycle."

Supporters said the need is greatest towards the beginning of summer, when students won't be receiving meals through school.

"A lot of kids depend on those meals at school to be able to eat at all. By collecting food donations and cash now, we can help get them through the summer," Felicia Gressette said.

Gressette works for the News and Observer, an annual sponsor of the food drive.

Harris Teeter stores around the area will be collecting items in need through the end of the weekend.

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