Month: May 2016

A Double Graduation at Triad Community Kitchen

On May 5th, it was a packed house at Second Harvest as two classes graduated together from the Triad Community Kitchen (TCK) program. Double the students, double the families, double the tears. The TCK program highlights so many aspects of the food bank’s work: addressing poverty in our communities through food, collaboration and creating opportunity. “Not so long ago, I didn’t know what I was going to do. Now I can be a mother, a provider, and I can do what I love,” said one graduate as she accepted her diploma. Two weeks after this graduation ceremony, it was...

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Preparing to Close the Summer Meal Gap

The Second Harvest warehouse is always a busy place. Frequently, donations are coming in one bay, while representatives from partner agencies are heaving heavy carts of food to their vehicles out another bay. As the weather warms, and the end of school approaches, those carts are even heavier That’s because our partners throughout our 18 county service area know that the need for healthy food increases when school lets out and students lose access to the free and reduced price meals that their schools serve. More than half of the children attending public schools in our region income-qualify for...

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THIS is Community

In spite of working full time, Sky Ray struggles to feed her family. Her story illustrates how non-profit and public programs work together to lift up families striving for a better life. An optimistic and tenacious young mom, Sky Ray lights up when she talks about her children – Jaden, who turns 10 this month and Serenity, age two. It’s the same when she talks about her job as a Family Outreach Worker for the North Carolina Baby Love Plus Program, administered in Guilford County by the Piedmont Health Services and Sickle Cell Agency, a partner program of Second...

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A Prescription for Better Health – Ashe County

Physicians can play a central role in screening and identifying children and adults at risk for food insecurity and connecting them to resources. At one regional hospital, they’re doing just that. We’re excited to announce the launch of the first hospital-based food pantry in our network – a partnership between Ashe County Sharing Center Food Pantry, Ashe Memorial Hospital and Second Harvest Food Bank. The hospital has implemented changes to screening practices to identify patients who may be experiencing food insecurity and is providing space and resources for an onsite food pantry. It’s stocked with healthy food options and...

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Fresh is Best: The Food Bank Garden

For obvious reasons, the speed limit is 15 mph as you climb up the hill through the campus of The Children’s Home in Winston Salem. Beyond the main buildings, the road turns to gravel, and as you turn into the Betty and Jim Holmes Food Bank Garden it turns to green. It is a perfect spring day and spots of mud from a rain linger between the long rows of the garden. The garden boxes are overflowing with spring crops; deep green swiss chard leaves bursting off chartreuse stems, and snow pea tendrils fluttering in the breeze as they...

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