Working together to eliminate hunger
Feeding America is the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization—a powerful and efficient network of 200 food banks across the country. As food insecurity rates hold steady at the highest levels ever, the Feeding America network of food banks has risen to meet the need. Feeding America feed 42 million people at risk of hunger, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors.
Feeding America is a nationwide network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs that provides food and services to people each year.
Feeding America nationwide network of food banks also supports programs that improve food security among the people they serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger.
Together, Food Bank of the Albemarle and Feeding America can make a difference to help families in need.
American Institute of Baking (AIB)
Feeding America established a standard that all member food banks must successfully pass an AIB audit by March 2016. The AIB audit is an extremely challenging and comprehensive process. Food Bank of the Albemarle had its audit on November 23, 2015. We received a score of 890 out of a maximum of 1,000. It took several months to prepare the facility to meet criteria in safe food handling and storage, operational methods and personnel practices, pest management, sanitation practices and food defense procedures.
Who is AIB? AIB International trains and enforces food safety and production standards for clients worldwide. They empower clients worldwide to elevate their food safety and production process capabilities through inspections, audits, and learning. The AIB food safety audit is conducted by a professionally trained staff of food safety auditors. Food processing facilities which participate in the in-plant audit program receive a complete examination and technical assistance in all areas that affect product integrity, regulatory, exposure and pesticide use. Personnel training is vital to the success of any program and AIB has provided more than 50 years of quality service.
About AIB Audits
AIB provides a comprehensive list of audits and inspections that describe the requirements of a superior food safety program, and are recognized by food companies as a measure of world-class programs that qualify for business worldwide. AIB audits are backed by more than 60 years of experience in the field for food manufacturing, beverages, ingredients and packaging. AIB conducts audits in more than 120 countries ranging from multinationals to small, independent producers. Every auditor receives extensive classroom and practical experience before conducting an audit. Staff training is updated every year to maintain the highest quality of professionalism.
Feeding the Carolinas
The Food Bank of the Albemarle is a member of Feeding America and Feeding the Carolinas, which includes ten food banks in North and South Carolina. In August of 2017, members of the North Carolina Association of Food Banks and members of the South Carolina
Association of Food Banks finalized the new alliance with a mission to “engage, educate and unite to achieve food security for all in the Carolinas.”
In the two Carolinas there are approximately 2.6 million people living in poverty. The two state associations have united to form Feeding the Carolinas, with a vision of “feeding more people better food” across all 146 counties in North and South Carolina. The alliance will work together to raise food, funds, advocate and educate while at the same time exploring economics of scale in purchasing products and services. (Click here for a complete list of NC member food banks or here for a list of SC food banks)
Albemarle Area United Way
The Albemarle Area United Way is a non-profit organization that improves residents’ lives in the rural counties of northeastern North Carolina through a coordinated response that includes fundraising, certifying agencies, supporting programs, assessing needs and serving as an information and referral service. They are committed to building stronger and healthier communities and to become the charity of choice for northeastern North Carolina.
Beaufort County United Way
Beaufort County United Way is making a difference in people’s lives. They work with community partners, including local nonprofits and agencies, to identify the needs of thecommunity and prioritize how to invest resources to create lasting positive change. Beaufort County United Way coordinates community outreach efforts by facilitating financial giving, promoting volunteerism and working with health and human services providers to make a difference in the lives of those who call Beaufort County home.
Martin County United Way
Since 1972, the United Way has helped Martin County residents receive valuable health and human services by providing support to worthy causes and organizations. The United Way of Martin County is a volunteer-driven organization. This means that individuals living and working in the local community volunteer their time and expertise to set and monitor the direction in planning, policy decisions, and financial development of the United Way.