Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina Giveback

PDQ Raises 20,000 for Food Bank

Aug 28
PDQ and the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina have raised $20,000 in food and donations for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina through its locations in Durham, Raleigh and Wake Forest. 

This July, the award-winning restaurant teamed up with the food bank, which had seen a 35 percent increase in need for food since the COVID-19 pandemic hit. The partnership proved successful in its hope to provide relief to the organization by helping fill the gap for the need for food and contributions.

PDQ celebrated its partnership with the food bank at kickoff events on July 12 that were complete with meal-for-meal donations as well as prizes and entertainment for guests. Throughout the month of July, the three aforementioned PDQ locations continued to provide opportunities for guests to contribute to the food bank by rounding up their checks or making donations during visits to the restaurants.

“Thousands of our friends and neighbors in the Food Bank’s service area have been impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Peter Werbicki, President & CEO for the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina. “We’re so thankful to those partners like PDQ who have stepped up to support our work at this time, we couldn’t do it without them.”

“We were excited to partner with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and that through it, we could directly help many organizations and people in the community,” said Nick Reader, PDQ CEO and Co-Founder. “This donation is a great reminder that our guests and team members who are People Dedicated to Quality are looking to make a difference to support their neighbors.”

About the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina for more than 35 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 900 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines), and Wilmington. In fiscal year 2018-2019, the Food Bank distributed over 80 million pounds of food (over half of which was perishable) and non-food essentials through these agencies. Sadly, hunger remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. In these counties, nearly 600,000 people struggle to access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for an active and healthy life. For more information, visit