Good News Friday: NC state fairgoers donated a staggering amount of food to charity

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Fairgoers at the State Fair proved just how generous we are this year. (Image via NC State Fair)

By Leah Sherrell

October 27, 2023

Our weekly roundup of good news in NC highlights a pioneering NC activist, and State Fair attendees prove how generous North Carolinians are.

North Carolina women are making history and Chipotle has a fun Halloween promotion and more in October’s last Good News Friday.

Welcome back to Good News Friday, your go-to spot to make sure the good news doesn’t get buried!

North Carolina activist featured on special edition U.S. quarter

Stacey Park Milbern, raised in Fort Bragg (now known as Fort Liberty), began advocating for disability justice and civil rights when she was 16.

In North Carolina, she and other advocates pushed the state to include disability history in the high school curriculum. She became a national figure and, in 2014, President Obama appointed her to his administration’s Committee for People with Intellectual Disabilities.

The American Women Quarters program is honoring her memory with a special edition 25-cent piece. In 2025 (the fourth and final year of the program), the U.S. Mint will release a quarter with the likeness of Milbern celebrating her impact.

Asheville chef goes to the White House

Katie Button, a James Beard Award nominee, Spanish recipe cookbook author, and co-founder of Asheville’s renowned tapas restaurant Cúrate, can now add “cooking for the President of the United States” to her resume. In an interview with Delish, Button told them she focused on ingredients that “hint at southern Appalachia near Asheville.”

She developed the menu with First Lady Jill Biden to serve at the White House State Dinner with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.

4 NC college-town Chipotles open until Midnight on Halloween

What’s better than late-night food? Especially on Halloween.

There are 53 college towns Chipotle is recognizing with a special promotion on Halloween. On Oct. 31, the chain will be open until midnight at 53 locations that eat the most Chipotle and rewards members can get a discounted $6 entree.

North Carolina earned 4 spots on the list:

  1. 2316 Hillsborough St. 100, Raleigh
  2. 9335 N Tryon St. Ste 101, Charlotte
  3. 301 W Franklin St., Chapel Hill
  4. 610 Greenville Blvd SE, Greenville

NC State Fair-goers donate over 250,000 pounds of food

North Carolinians are generous. How do we know? Every time we write or report about opportunities to give back to your community, our readers snap it up!

Here’s further proof:

On Thursday, Oct. 19, NC State Fair attendees donated 253,000 pounds of canned food to the Foodbank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. Smithfield Foods also donated 500,000 servings worth of protein to the food bank.


  • Leah Sherrell

    Leah Sherrell is a multimedia reporter for Cardinal & Pine. A graduate of UNC-Wilmington, she's a resident of Kernersville with a background in video production and communication. Leah uses many forms of media to explore the multifaceted lifestyles and cultures present in North Carolina.

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