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Demand for food in Durham on the rise

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The Durham branch on Angier Avenue serves six surrounding counties. The Durham branch on Angier Avenue serves six surrounding counties.
DURHAM, N.C. -

The need for food in Durham is growing.

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina just started operating in a new, larger building at 2700 Angier Avenue.

The new building has 60 percent more space for the food bank. That extra space has tripled cooler and freezer capacity.

The branch on Angier Avenue serves six surrounding counties.

The food bank said there are 95,980 people at risk of hunger in those six counties, citing the U.S. Census.

Of that number, 6,039 are older than 65 while 29,864 are children.

The head of the non-profit food bank said people are coming in less on an emergency basis and more on a regular basis.

“They had in the past, perhaps, been able to get themselves out quicker with over time, but that’s just not the situation today,” said Peter Werbicki, president and CEO of the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina.

Distribution at the branch has increased 12 percent in the last four years, giving out 6.2 million pounds of food in 2013 alone.

Volunteers at the Durham branch donated 16,605 hours of their time during the 2012-13 fiscal year.

That’s the equivalent of eight full-time employees.

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Justin Quesinberry

Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina.  More>>

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