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Thrive NC Presented by Blue Cross NC Will Return to Downtown Raleigh in 2019

Service projects and ticket proceeds to benefit non-profits focused on food insecurity

Thrive NC is set to return on May 9 -10 at City Market in downtown Raleigh! The inaugural event attracted thousands of members of the community to celebrate North Carolina’s culinary roots, while also initiating critical conversations about food insecurity in our state.

Thrive NCEven though the culinary scene in the Tar Heel state is booming, North Carolina is the 9th hungriest state in the nation according to the USDA’s 2017 report on Household Food Security. In 2018, event proceeds were donated to area non-profits that aligned with the mission of Thrive NC and Blue Cross NC – to address food insecurity and promote healthy living. Thrive NC is pleased to announce that all ticket proceeds will be donated to area non-profits focused on improving food insecurity again in 2019!

New for 2019, is the Thrive NC Service Series which will increase the impact of Thrive NC through deeper education and meaningful service projects to address food insecurity in the Triangle and across North Carolina. Each event in the Service Series will engage community members in a service project with a local, food-focused non-profit organization.

“We know that so many people want to make an impact on their community, and Thrive NC is a great opportunity to do just that. From service projects this spring through the festival in May, we will give people the chance to move their passion into action right alongside Blue Cross NC to lessen food insecurity across the state.” – Dr. Patrick Conway, President and CEO of Blue Cross NC.

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This forum will allow food insecurity experts from across the state to discuss how our communities can impact hunger in North Carolina, as well as provide a platform to celebrate the work that is currently being done in our state to address the issue.

The special community service effort, will bring members of the community together in partnership with a local non-profit organization through a hands-on project to impact those in need. Leading up to May 10, the Thrive NC Service Series will feature community service events around the Triangle in March and April. Specific dates and community partners will be announced on a later date.

Open to the public, the festival will feature more than 60 of the area’s best restaurants serving food and drink samples. Live entertainment, including chef demonstrations and music, will also highlight the night. Festival tickets are $30 and on sale now!
For more information, including future restaurant and entertainment announcements, visit

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