Food For Heroes is committed to operating simply and cost effectively. We strive to be the most efficient and effective hunger response program in the state of North Carolina. We will manage wisely the gifts made by a caring and generous community and guard the safety and quality of gifts of food in our care.
Our administrative and fundraising costs have remained very low, as we strive to use every donation carefully and efficiently to feed more hungry people in North Carolina. More than 90 cents of every dollar goes directly toward food distribution. We are proud of our long history of being good stewards of your gifts, grateful for your support, and privileged to work with our donors to achieve our critical mission of providing nutritious food while fighting to eliminate hunger.
Our Food for Heroes program ensures safe food is available to the hungry in our community.
We rely on more than 12 volunteers a month, 5 staff members, with our trucks and a facility totaling 75,000 square feet to procure and distribute food and grocery items.
For every dollar donated to our organization, we can provide enough food for two meals to people in need.
WHERE THE FOOD COMES FROM
Our Food for Heroes program solicits donations of packaged, perishable and nonperishable food from manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers, brokers, food drives, gardens and individuals.
Regular donations of fresh produce are provided by the produce industry in a partnership with the north Carolina Association of Food Banks. Thanks to the generous support of our community, we are able to pay the nominal shipping and handling fee to transport the produce from the farm to our warehouse.
Through The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP), the federal emergency food program, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) purchases USDA Foods, including processing and packaging, and makes it available to food banks (and other nonprofit organizations). We in turn distribute the USDA Foods to eligible recipients.
Wholesale Food Purchasing
Food for Heroes purchases food in bulk to supplement donated products and provide the food most in demand throughout our community. We are also mindful of the types of food we purchase, and when possible, choose wholesome items such as lentils, whole grains, low-sodium alternatives, and high protein items. We would not be able to distribute as much food or these types of nutritious foods without purchasing and could not do that without community monetary support.
HOW THE FOOD GOES OUT
The food available is distributed directly to people in need through our programs and easily accessed by our partner agencies to distribute. Agencies place their orders online, then meet a Food for Heroes truck in a location near them. Once the food arrives at the agency, it is provided to families and individuals in need.