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Raleigh-based food bank aims to pack millionth lunch bag

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) - The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina held its 7th annual Sort-A-Rama on Thursday.

The organization teams up with several agencies and businesses such as BASF, Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina, Cisco, Food Lion, RTI International, and others.

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Together, volunteers with these groups spend hours sorting through juice boxes and healthy snacks to pack lunches for families in need across the Triangle.

Thursday, they set out to pack the millionth lunch bag, which is a goal that organizers were confident they'd meet.

Before Thursday, the collaborative effort resulted in 800,000 packed meals.

The Food Bank tells CBS 17 food insecurity in the region is a major problem, impacting nearly 600,000 people, half of whom are children.

Food Bank Chairman Eddie Story said this event was a chance to tackle that issue.

"Seeing the people out here, the enthusiasm which you've already seen, it's just a great way for people to give back to the community," he detailed.
 

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