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Red Nose Grant Award Fights Child Hunger

November 29, 2017 9:39 pm

Food Bank of the Albemarle is pleased to announce the receipt of a $10,000 grant award to support child hunger programs and initiatives from the Red Nose Day Child Hunger fund.

The Food Bank designated the grant funding to continue a partnership with Albemarle Regional Health Services’ (ARHS) WIC (Women, Infants, Children) program to provide area children with healthy, nutritious snacks while their parents are receiving services during their WIC visits.

“Food Bank of the Albemarle greatly appreciates this grant funding from Red Nose Day,” said Liz Reasoner, Executive Director. “Children are some of the most vulnerable to hunger, and often left to wonder why there is so little food in the house. These programs give children supplemental, nourishing food and snacks that help them grow and be their best.”

The Special Supplemental Nutrition Program for Women, Infants, and Children, more commonly known as WIC is a federal program administered by the US Department of Agriculture.  The program is designed to provide a healthy food package, food and nutrition education, and health care referrals as needed to low income pregnant and postpartum women, infants/children until the age of five.

The goal of the snack program with ARHS is to serve children from 1-5 years of age.  At this age, many children are not yet participating in Head Start, preschool programs or kindergarten. Through the ARHS WIC program, approximately 1,500 children from the counties of Pasquotank, Perquimans, Camden, Chowan, Currituck, Gates and Bertie are served monthly. The WIC personnel also frequently make referrals to Food Bank of the Albemarle and area food pantries to supplement the WIC benefits for this food insecure population.

Red Nose Day has raised $1 billion through its presence in the UK over the past 25 years – a campaign that has united people across the country to have fun, raise money, and change lives! Since the campaign began in the United States in 2015, Feeding America and network food banks have received $4.3 million in support of Child Hunger programs and initiatives.

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