Month: July 2016

In Memory of Chef Webster

William Webster, like so many of us, had ups and downs.  But fortunately for all of us, that tumultuous journey eventually led him to Second Harvest’s Triad Community Kitchen program in 2008. After completing the program, William became a beloved member of the Second Harvest Food Bank family and, later, a chef at our Providence Restaurant and Catering. Chef Webster always demanded that his student “respect the jacket” just as he did. Once in his chef jacket, he was transformed. He became host, artist, showman and all around food cheerleader. The craft of food gave him great joy. William readily...

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Sharing the Harvest.

Walking past a row of neatly parked tractors through grass still wet with morning dew, cheerful greetings and warm smiles welcomed us to the Surry County home and farm of Phillip Branch. Joining some 80 other volunteers gathered beneath a shelter, we listened in as Phillip described the heroic efforts put forth by his grandson and friends throughout the night leading up to this morning harvest event. A herd of deer and renegade raccoons bent on getting a taste of the two acres of early corn promised to Second Harvest Food Bank needed to be thwarted. In the end, Phillip joked, “The...

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Good Food and Great Opportunities at Providence Restaurant

Cheshire Pork Scallopini: farro, brandy, wild mushrooms, grilled fennel, radish NC Dorado:  white wine, creamery butter, local spinach, baby bok choy, warm orzo salad. The Poulet Rouge:  sliced citrus roasted Joyce Farms chicken, Ashe county cheddar, sun dried tomato aioli, arugula, and shoestring onion. If you love food, you will love Providence Restaurant.  Located in Winston-Salem, Providence is serving up more than local flavors: it is serving up opportunity. Keontaye Watson worked in fast food for nearly 15 years and was struggling to support his son.  He knew he needed to figure something else out, but wasn’t sure where...

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Hike to End Summer Hunger

Earlier this month, Second Harvest Food Bank’s Chuck Harmon set off on a 250-mile Hike to End Summer Hunger.  Chuck is following the Mountain to Sea Trail from Boone to Burlington– the same distance our food travels every day. So far, Chuck and other supporters of Second Harvest have made their way through 7 of the 18 counties in our service area: Watauga, Ashe, Wilkes, Alleghany, Surry, Yadkin and Stokes. To learn more about our work in these areas and our on-the-ground partner agencies visit The hike continues this week and into next, moving through Forsyth, Guilford and Alamance...

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Long Summer Days.

Summertime is an expensive time for low income working families. When that final school bell this past June, there is no doubt that every child in Northwest North Carolina was elated—but for many parents, summer marks a time of real financial hardship. For these families, it is not a beach vacation they are trying to pay for: they are instead trying to find affordable childcare and enough food to feed their kids. When we visited one of Second Harvest’s summer meals locations, we found out that when the math just doesn’t work, North Carolina families get creative. Jack Colyer...

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