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Xenith Bank Awards 1K to Address Child Hunger

December 19, 2017 1:58 pm

Food Bank of the Albemarle is pleased to announce an award of $1,000 to support the Elizabeth City Backpack Program. The program provides backpacks full of nutritious, child-friendly food to 1,400 elementary school children who are receiving free meals at school.

“Xenith Bank’s Xtraordinary Partners Community Service Program provides funding and other assistance to organizations within our markets to give back to the communities we serve,” said Claudine Beaman, Vice President and Branch Manager of Xenith Bank of Elizabeth City. “We are proud once again to partner with the Food Bank of the Albemarle in their ongoing fight to help fight hunger and poverty in Northeast North Carolina.”

The funds will be used to grow the Food Bank’s effective Backpack Program and provide weekend food for chronically hungry children during the 2017-2018 school year.

Currently, one-in-five individuals in the 15 counties served by Food Bank of the Albemarle lacks the financial resources to secure adequate nutrition. More than 58,000 food insecure people are forced to make choices between food and other basic necessities such as medical needs or paying the rent and utility bills each month. Included in this startling number are 15,500 children.

Studies have proven poor nutrition in children has many ill side effects including: short attention spans, an inability to concentrate, excessive absences, hyperactivity, and fatigue. Children in low-income homes too often only have access to processed foods that heavy in salt, sugar, and fat, and yet very low in nutrition.

“We believe that no one should go hungry, but children are especially vulnerable as they are left without a voice or the means to acquire the food they need,” said Liz Reasoner, Executive Director of Food Bank of the Albemarle. “This support from Xenith Bank will help us continue to provide these children with backpacks filled with nutritious food, and in turn make getting a meal one less worry.”

The Backpack Program will complement and supplement the free/reduced price school meal infrastructure, providing nutritious weekend/holiday meals to children experiencing household food insecurity. To learn more about Food Bank of the Albemarle’s Backpack Programs, visit www.afoodbank.org or call 252-335-4035

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