Providing food to service agencies across the region, our members form a volunteer team that works monthly in a variety of ways.
About the Second Harvest Food Bank
Across Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC’s 18-county service area, 1 in 6 people struggles with hunger. The situation is even worse among their children, with more than 1 in 4 children lacking access to sufficient food to meet their nutritional needs. Seniors living on fixed incomes are also at great risk, often having to choose between buying food or medications.
With their network of more than 400 partner food assistance programs and supporters like you, Second Harvest Food Bank addresses the urgent nutritional needs of their hungry neighbors, as they work to end hunger through education, outreach and advocacy.
Together, we are a source of food and hope for nearly than 300,000 people each year, including 100,000 children. They are proud that they can help put meals on the tables of so many of their neighbors in need, but mindful that that the reason they’ve grown is because the need is so great.
Their core food distribution program serves as the major source of food and grocery products for food pantries, shelters, soup kitchens and special feeding programs for children and seniors across northwest NC. Last year alone, They distributed more than 25 million pounds of donated, purchased and prepared food and other grocery products, the equivalent of nearly 21 million meals.
They also provide a number of special programs (described below) to address specific needs and support longer-term solutions to the problem of hunger.
They are a proud member of Feeding America, a collaborative and coordinated network of more than 200 food banks united nationally and operating locally, serving every community in the nation.
Special Focus Areas and Programs
With more than 1 in 4 children in Northwest NC living with food insecurity – they lack consistent access to the nutrition they need to grow strong and thrive – Second Harvest Food Bank is particularly focused on the issue of childhood hunger. Together with their partner agencies, financial supporters and others who share their conviction that no one should be hungry, and certainly not a child, we’re turning the tables on childhood hunger through targeted programs that focus on reaching children in need after school, over weekends and school holidays, and in the summer.
Food & Nutrition Services (FNS) Outreach
Second Harvest Food Bank recognizes that, alone, it cannot meet the great and growing need for food assistance in the region. The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), known as Food and Nutrition Services (FNS) in North Carolina, plays a critical role in alleviating hunger in their communities. Unfortunately, many who are eligible for FNS assistance do not participate, forgoing nutrition assistance that could stretch their food dollars at the grocery store and relieve some of the growing demand on their organization and network of food assistance programs.
Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC provides training for its own Agency Relations staff and partner program staff and volunteers, equipping them to guide potentially eligible individuals and families through the FNS application process.
Nutrition Education Services
Recognizing the relationships between food insecurity, obesity and diet-related diseases, Second Harvest Food Bank is committed to increasing access to healthy food and empowering individuals and families with knowledge and skills to extend limited resources and shop for and prepare healthy, affordable meals.
Beyond providing partner agencies with various materials they can use and distribute through their programs, Nutrition Education Services leverage Share their Strength’s Cooking Matters® and Cooking Matters at the Store® curriculums (sponsored by the ConAgra Foods® Foundation and Walmart) to empower families with practical nutrition information and strategies for shopping for and preparing healthy, affordable meals.
Triad Community Kitchen Program
Triad Community Kitchen is an intensive culinary and life skills training program, offering pathways to employment in the food service and hospitality industries for unemployed and underemployed individuals. Students also support Second Harvest Food Bank’s core food distribution program by preparing ready-to-heat meals for distribution to partner agency programs. Program partners include Goodwill Industries of Northwest NC and Forsyth Technical Community College. Triad Community Kitchen Catering is the social enterprise arm of the culinary training program and provides full-service catering across the region.
Mobile Pantry Distribution Program
A direct service program providing pre-packed, nutritious meal boxes to families in need through coordinated distribution events held in collaboration with partner food assistance partner programs and sponsored by local businesses, civic groups, faith organizations or individuals.
Second Harvest Food Bank is an active participant in disaster response, providing donated supplies to emergency feeding centers and working in collaboration with other Feeding America food bank members, The American Red Cross, The Salvation Army, North Carolina Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster and Forsyth County Community Organizations Active in Disaster.
We All Have A Role To Play
There’s more than enough food in America to feed every man, woman and child, yet one in six people in Northwest NC struggles with hunger. As individuals, charities, businesses and government, we all have a role to play in getting more food to people in need.
Hunger is a solvable problem. Together we can solve it.