NC’s first family rolls up sleeves to help Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

RALEIGH, N.C. (WNCN) – Across the country, people are trying to make a difference for volunteer week.

Gov. Roy Cooper and first lady Kristin Cooper rolled up their sleeves Friday as part of the nationwide effort.

At the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina, the state’s first family joined volunteers picking through bins of sweet potatoes from Johnston County.

The produce was then bagged up and stored away for the food pantry.

“Yeah, we got her hands dirty a little bit. It did remind me of growing on the farm,” the governor told CBS North Carolina’s Beairshelle Edmé. The first lady added, “Not one of the better parts,” to which her husband agreed.


The Food Bank serves 34 counties and the staff says it can’t do that without volunteers.

They estimate one hour of volunteering helps provide 130 meals.

Cooper is also thinking about an issue drawing dozens of volunteers to flooded counties across North Carolina.

He spoke with CBS North Carolina about plans to monitor several areas over the weekend.

“This new potential flooding coming down east– we have to be very careful about it and I want to warn people do not drive around barricade; do not drive through water that you see on the road,” he said. “We’re going to work hard to make sure we get the locals all that they need and keep our eye on continuing to help those who were hurt by Hurricane Matthew.”

The governor said he’s also requested more funding from Congress for those already having to repair Hurricane Matthew damage.

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