At every Handmade Market, The Handmaidens partner with a local charity to organize a raffle benefiting their cause. Shoppers who make a donation to the charity are entered in a drawing to win goods donated by participating artists and others. Our 20th Market is no exception!
Our partner, Saturday, May 7, is The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina; their mission is to ensure no one goes hungry in Central and Eastern North Carolina.
About The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
The nonprofit Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina was created over 30 years ago to provide food for individuals and families living with hunger. It serves 34 of North Carolina’s 100 counties through 800 partnering agencies. Soup kitchens, shelters, pantries and other programs who serve children and adults act as distribution centers for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina.
Each year Food Bank sets goals to help stay true its mission. This year’s four-fold goals:
- Raise $9.2 million dollars in annual revenue which will enable us to maintain and expand our services. Additionally develop 3-year strategic plan for annual revenue and communications and marketing.
- Obtain and distribute between 58-59 million pounds of vital food and non-food essentials in our 34 county service area to over 800 emergency and non-emergency non-profits. Ensure new Feeding America Member Food Safety requirements are met.
- Develop and strengthen Kids Summer Meals, Weekend Power Packs and School Pantry programs. Begin senior outreach initiative.
- Fight hunger and promote healthy eating habits by increasing our focus on nutrition.
Although The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is able to meet and exceed its goals, the work hard to eliminate hunger the crisis is still great. They need our help.
How can we help?
The Food Bank will be at The Handmade Market on Saturday, May 7 from 10:00-4:30. On that day there is no admission; however, cash donations are accepted in exchange for tickets for the semi-annual charity raffle. The Handmade Market offers guests the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets to win glorious gift baskets, each full of wonderful items and valued at $100 or more. Donations of at least $3 allow you to purchase tickets to win a basket. You can also bring non-perishable items to purchase tickets as well. Three items for one ticket and five items for two tickets. You don’t need to be present to win.
Come to The Handmade Market — support the future of young minds
Remember The Handmade Market is Friday, May 6 from 6:00-9:00 and Saturday, May 7 from 10:00 5:00– add these dates to your calendar and make the Market your Mother’s Day and Graduation shopping destination. At Market Hall, you will meet talented artists and purchase beautiful work all while helping to nourish those in need.