USDA donates food to local pantry

Published 5:40 pm Wednesday, August 6, 2014

With the continued partnership between the North Carolina division of USDA and the Food Bank of the Albemarle, Eagle’s Wings in Washington is reaping the benefits.

Food bank officials have seen the shelves stocked with healthy fresh food in recent weeks.  On Monday, the USDA donated three bins of potatoes to Eagle’s Wings, which were distributed to nearly 120 families on Tuesday, along with some fruit.

“The farm agency program has been working with local farmers, not just in Beaufort County, but in all the 17 counties that are in the Food Bank of Albemarle area,” said Ann-Marie Montague, Eagle’s Wings executive director.

Montague said Eagle’s Wings has enough food this summer after the USDA famers have donated fresh fruits and vegetables.

“We have been very fortunate and very blessed this summer with these fresh donations,” Montague said. “It makes a big difference, rather than just handing somebody a can of veggies to give them fresh vegetables.”

The mission, according to Montague, this is to try to get the people of Beaufort County to eat healthier.

Even though Eagle’s Wings has received fresh fruits and vegetables from local growers, Montague said they will still need canned donations when the growing season ends in the fall.

“In the winter time, that’s when we see canned fruit and vegetables being more popular,” Montague said.

“We’re looking forward to a good year and hoping the generosity of our friends and neighbors across the county will continue,” Montague said.

Eagle’s Wings is open Tuesdays from 9 a.m. until 11:30 a.m. and again from 2 p.m. until 6 p.m. For more information, call 252-975-1138.



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