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Food Bank in New Bern does its part to help one family help others

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NEW BERN, Craven County - Debbie Steven and her son, Jamison, spend Tuesdays at the Food Bank in New Bern.

"This time of the year is so hard because i see them suffer," Debbie Steven said as she fought back tears. "Every week, we work diligently and sufficiently to make sure we have items for these people."

Steven is part of Mission Hope World Outreach and runs a pantry at a church in Jones County.

"The people that we work with, they don't have very much and live off of Social Security and being that the county has the least amount of people, the food stamps and things like that is not very plentiful," Steven said.

She has set a goal for the people she serves this season.

"Make sure their freezers are full for the winter," Steven said. "Meat is the most expensive item and if we can help them with meat, that frees up money for medicines and things of that nature that they need."

They also want items with a lengthy shelf life.

"We look for soups, rice and pasta ... anything that would make their lives easier," Steven said.

Canned items are not the only things available at the Food Bank. There's 4,000 pounds of fresh potatoes and 300 pounds of collard greens ready for pick up. The greens grow in the garden right outside the Food Bank

NewsChannel 12 is getting ready to help collect items for the Food Bank fo Central and Eastern North Carolina. Click here to learn more about our annual Share Your Christmas Food Drive and how you can contribute.

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