Mike Whittemore Promoted to New Operations Position at Wilmington Food Bank

WILMINGTON, NC – The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina announced that Mike Whittemore has been named to as Operations Supervisor/Marketing & Purchasing Administrator for the Wilmington branch. The Operations Supervisor position was previously held by Dennis Connor, who recently retired after spending 30 years in food banking. The two worked hand in hand to steadily increase distribution to a record 5.5 million pounds in fiscal year 2011-12.

Whittemore joined the Food Bank as a Warehouse Assistant/Driver in March 2004. His previous position familiarized him with the day-to-day warehouse happenings ranging from documentation to incoming and outgoing product. As the Operations Supervisor, Whittemore will be responsible for all aspects of warehousing including maintenance, safety, security and customer service at the Wilmington branch. Whittemore also served as a driver giving him the skills necessary to manage transportation activities by supervising delivery and donation schedules of current Food Bank drivers.

“I’m very delighted that Mike will be taking on this new position,” said Jeff Rose, Wilmington Branch Director for the Food Bank. “He has been key to the growth of the Wilmington Branch and his experience will be integral as the number of people at risk of hunger is still great in our service area.”

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at Wilmington is located at 1314 Marstellar Street in Wilmington. In fiscal year 2011-12, the Food Bank distributed 5.5 million pounds of food through a network of over 100 partner agencies in the service area of Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender Counties. In the four county area, 61,109 individuals struggle with hunger including 5,431 seniors and 20,600 children.

Based in Raleigh, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina serves 34 counties in the central and eastern through six warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, Southern Pines and Wilmington.

Media Contacts:
Christy L. Simmons
Manager of Public Relations
(919) 865-3050 (office)
(919) 906-4798 (mobile)
csimmons@foodbankcenc.org

Jennifer Caslin
Coordinator of Marketing, Public & Branch Relations
(919) 865-3063
(919) 840-6879
jcaslin@foodbankcenc.org

Jeff Rose (local)
Wilmington Branch Director
(910) 251-1465 x2205
(910)
jrose@foodbankcenc.org

About the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina for more than 30 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 800 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines), and Wilmington. In fiscal year 2011-2012, the Food Bank distributed nearly 45 million pounds of food and non-food essentials through these agencies. Sadly, hunger remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. In these counties, more than 560,000 struggle each day to provide enough food for their families. www.foodbankcenc.org.

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Iron Skillet Chef Cook Off to Benefit Food Bank CENC Wilmington

WILMINGTON, NC – The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at Wilmington is collaborating with local area chefs to benefit the more than 69,000 individuals at risk of hunger in the four county service area. The Wilmington Branch, located at 1314 Marstellar Street, serves Brunswick. Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender Counties.

The Iron Skillet Chef Cook Off will be held Tuesday, October 30 at the Warwick Center Ballroom on the campus of UNC Wilmington. The event begins at 5:30 p.m. Guests will have the opportunity to watch their favorite local chefs preparing healthy meals using only select ingredients. Participating chef’s include Keith Rhodes of Catch and Phun, Kirstin Mitchell of Cameo 1900, Steve Harrington of Deluxe, James Doss of Rx Restaurant and Bar and Ryan Andress and John-Mike Rehm with UNCW.

Guests will be invited to sample the fare prepared during the event. Each chef will be battling for votes, which will take the form of a donation to the Food Bank. One dollar equates to one vote for your favorite chef. For every one dollar donated, the Food Bank can provide five meals, or $10 worth of food.

Music will be provided by Chris Bellamy and the emcee for the evening will be Tom Mills of Little Pond Catering. Support Local Restaurants and A Boxed Event will also be on hand for the evening.

“We are excited to see what these creative culinary masters will be able to whip up given the constraints of the menu basket they will receive,” remarked Matt Rogers, a member of the Food Bank’s Wilmington Regional Council.

“It is sure to be a night of fun that will raise funds that will help feed our neighbors in need,” added Jeff Rose, Branch Director for the Wilmington Branch of the Food Bank.

All the proceeds generated from Iron Skillet will support the mission the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at Wilmington.

Based in Raleigh, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina serves 34 counties in the central and eastern part of the state through six warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, Southern Pines and Wilmington.

Media Contacts:

Christy L. Simmons

Manager of Public Relations

(919) 865-3050 (office)

(919) 906-4798 (mobile)

csimmons@foodbankcenc.org

 

Jennifer Caslin

Coordinator of Marketing, Public & Branch Relations

(919) 865-3063

(919) 840-6879

jcaslin@foodbankcenc.org

 

Jeff Rose (local)

Wilmington Branch Director

(910) 251-1465 x2205

(910) 257-2015

jrose@foodbankcenc.org

 

About the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina for more than 30 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 900 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines), and Wilmington. In fiscal year 2011-2012, the Food Bank distributed nearly 45 million pounds of food and non-food essentials through these agencies. Sadly, hunger remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. In these counties, more than 560,000 struggle each day to provide enough food for their families. www.foodbankcenc.org.

 

 

Wilmington Food Bank Reaches 5 Million Pound Milestone

Over 5 million pounds will be distributed in fiscal year 2011-12

WILMINGTON – The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at Wilmington tipped the scales on Tuesday, and for the first time will distribute over 5 million pounds in one year. Distribution to the Wilmington Branch service area of Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover, and Pender Counties has been on the rise for the last several years. In fiscal year 2010-11, the Wilmington Food Bank distributed more than 4.8 million pounds and in 2009-10 more than 4.7 million pounds.

Dennis Connor, Operations Manager for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at Wilmington loads the food that broke the record onto Burgaw PFWB’s truck.

Dennis Connor, Operations Manager for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at Wilmington loads the food that broke the record onto Burgaw PFWB’s truck.

Food Bank partner agency Burgaw PFWB, a food pantry in Pender County, broke the 5 million pound mark on Tuesday, June 12. Ted Mercer, who works with the pantry, received more than 200 pounds of food from the recent Stamp Out Hunger food drive held in May.

“It’s an amazing milestone to reach and truly speaks to the need that exists in our service area,” said Jeff Rose, Wilmington Branch Director for the Food Bank. “We are able to continue to meet the need through the generous support of the community.”

Food Bank volunteers and staff celebrate 5 million pounds distributed with Ted Mercer from Burgaw PFWB.

Food Bank volunteers and staff celebrate 5 million pounds distributed with Ted Mercer from Burgaw PFWB.

The distribution milestone comes at a time when nearly 30,000 children in the Wilmington service area, who receive free or reduced meals at school, are on summer break. Summer is typically a low donation period for food banks across the country, while the need increases as families struggle to fill this gap.

The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina at Wilmington is located at 1314 Marstellar Street in Wilmington. In fiscal year 2010-11, the Food Bank distributed 4,804,726 pounds of food through a network of over 90 partner agencies in the service area of Brunswick, Columbus, New Hanover and Pender Counties. In the four county area, 61,543 individuals struggle with hunger including 7,142 seniors and 18,338 children.

Based in Raleigh, the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina serves 34 counties in the central and eastern through six warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, Southern Pines and Wilmington.

Media Contacts:
Christy L. Simmons
Manager of Public Relations
(919) 865-3050 (office)
(919) 906-4798 (mobile)
csimmons@foodbankcenc.org

Jennifer Caslin
Coordinator of Marketing, Public & Branch Relations
(919) 865-3063
(919) 840-6879
jcaslin@foodbankcenc.org

Jeff Rose (local)
Wilmington Branch Director
(910) 251-1465 x2205
(910) 257-2015
jrose@foodbankcenc.org

About the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina for 30 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 800 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines) and Wilmington. In fiscal year 2010-2011, the Food Bank distributed more than 42.75 million pounds of food and non-food essentials through these agencies. Sadly, hunger remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. In these counties, more than 500,000 struggle each day to provide enough food for their families. http://www.foodbankcenc.org.

For more news & information about the Food Bank, view our social networks:

•    Food Bank on Twitter: http://twitter.com/FoodBankCENC
•    Food Bank on Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/FoodBankCENC
•    Food Bank on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/foodbankcenc
•    Food Bank on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/foodbankcenc

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