Raleigh NC, March 13, 2018 – The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina announced today it has received a donation of $50,000 from Greg Lindberg, founder and CEO of Eli Global, a privately owned federation of independent companies operating in 15 different sectors worldwide. This donation is in support of the Food Bank’s Stop Summer Hunger campaign, and will help the organization distribute 100,000 lbs. of fresh produce to children over the summer months. This is the first in a series of donations Lindberg has pledged to nutrition programs sponsored by the Food Bank.

The Food Bank’s Stop Summer Hunger campaign was created to supply healthy food to families in need during summer months when children have no access to free or reduced cost school meals. The goal is to provide more fresh produce with the summer meals distributed through the Food Bank’s Kids Summer Meals program.

“We’ve been doing business in North Carolina for 25 years and plan to make many more contributions here,” said Lindberg. “I consider this an investment in our state’s future, and plan to continue supporting causes that improve the health and welfare of North Carolina’s children.”

“We are honored to partner on this incredible gift to make sure children in our communities have fresh and nutritious food over the summer months,” said Food Bank President & CEO Peter Werbicki. “The dedication and passion of community members like Mr. Lindberg and Eli Global make our mission possible, so that no one goes hungry in central or eastern North Carolina.”

The Food Bank reaches families in need through the Kids Summer Meals program and by working with local food pantries to supply more family-friendly meals. Having nutritious, produce-rich meals through the summer helps alleviate food insecurity in children, which can have a lasting negative impact on their overall health, school achievement and socialization. Giving families access to the nutritious foods through the summer allows their children to continue to grow strong and return to school ready to learn in the fall, rather than falling further and further behind their peers.

About Eli Global

Headquartered in Durham, North Carolina, USA, Eli Global is wholly owned by its founder and employees. It is a federation of independent portfolios comprising more than 100 businesses with more than 7,500 of the brightest minds and determined entrepreneurs around the world. Eli’s portfolios operate in 15 different sectors, including health care, technology, insurance and financial services.

About Greg Lindberg

Greg Lindberg is a bootstrap entrepreneur who started a small health insurance compliance and reimbursement newsletter business with $5,000 in 1991 and grew it without any outside equity to $1 million a year in profit by 2001. He and his team then reinvested that cash flow in over 100 acquisitions that have produced a compound annual growth rate of over 35 percent on equity capital. Today Lindberg has beneficial economic interests in over 100 companies with 7,000 employees, $1.75 billion in revenue, and $20 billion in pro forma assets including pending acquisitions. His most important strategy has been long-term thinking with a focus on health care and “first who, then what.” Lindberg has never sold a company and has never taken a dividend from his insurance operations. For more information, visit greglindberg.com

About Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina

The Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina believes in the power of community to bring an end to hunger. Since 1980, it has worked in communities throughout 34 of North Carolina’s 100 counties to distribute food to those in need through a diverse network of more than 850 nonprofit partner agencies. As a leader in the fight to end hunger, its mission is to ensure that no one goes hungry in central and eastern North Carolina. For more information, visit www.foodbankcenc.org