Southeast District Partners With Food Bank for Programming Efforts

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On Friday, December 1, Family and Consumer Sciences (FCS) Agents and EFNEP Educators in the Southeast Extension District met at the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina – Wilmington Branch for ongoing professional development.

Staff at Food Bank

This location opened in Spring 2023. Morgan King, FCS Agent in New Hanover, shared how Extension in New Hanover County has worked with the Food Bank to establish the new space, including a community garden and a storm water collection system. Tammy Brunelle, Steps to Health Lead Food and Built Environments Extension Associate, discussed ways Extension could leverage this partnership to meet the needs of each program. FCS Agent Rachel Ezzell, Duplin County, and EFNEP Educator in Pender County, Cindy Rivenbark, shared how they have utilized resources from the Food Bank in their programming. Attendees also heard from Kathleen Hoolihan, Nutrition Education Coordinator for the branch, who will be helping them secure food donations for their programming efforts. Also, Agents and Educators toured the facility and learned firsthand how volunteers pack food donations for partner agencies.

-Emily Pendergrass, Regional Nutrition Extension Associate