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Jackson Farming Co., based in Autryville, NC, teamed up with the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina to help fight hunger in the region.

The company donated over 35,000 pounds of cantaloupes, all raised in Sampson County, to the food bank at the end of June. They will be distributed in 24 of the state's 100 counties.

Brent Jackson, president of Jackson Farming Co., said that he was pleased that he could do "his part to fight hunger" in the state. "We are committed to giving back to the community, and we are thankful to be able to do so," he said in a July 12 press release. The company has donated produce to the food bank for the past several years.

Peter Werbicki, president and chief executive officer of the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina, said in the release that the food bank "is extremely grateful for the 35,450 pounds of cantaloupes [that were] donated by Jackson Farming. We were able to distribute this fresh fruit through our five branches to more than 100 partner agencies" that distribute food "to families at risk of hunger."

He added, "Over the past four years alone, Jackson Farming has provided more than 1 million pounds of fresh produce to the food bank. We are humbled by their continuous generosity."