Month: March 2017

Fellowship, like a hot meal, provides comfort.

Roland waits by the door, watching for his friend’s truck. Every second Thursday at noon they pick him up and drive him the five country miles into town. He keeps a tidy house and pays a man to mow his lawn because some things have gotten too hard to do on his own. Money is tight living off Social Security, but he always finds a way to pay the five dollars. At 76 years old, Roland still grows a few tomatoes, but his days of growing a half acre of crowder peas and other staples are past. Now Roland’s...

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Need Inspiration? Meet Dustin.

29 year old Dustin Freeman is always two steps ahead of his caregiver, LaShay Surratt, when he comes in to Second Harvest Food Bank to volunteer. He greets the Food Bank staff with a huge smile, a big “Hey!” and is ready to work. Many members of the Food Bank family have had the good fortune to see watch this incredible young man grow up right before our eyes – Dustin has been volunteering for Second Harvest since he was 12 years old. Dustin, who suffered severe trauma to his brain when he was just 2 years old, has...

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Stone Soup for Empty Bowls

There is a fable about a hungry traveler who arrived in a village where the residents were also hungry. Each thought that they had nothing to spare. From door to door the traveler begged, but no one could spare a meal. Turned away at the last house, the traveler announced that he would have to make stone soup. He pulled out a stone and a pot, and lit a fire. “Can I bother you for some broth?” he asked a villager. She said that yes, in fact, she did have broth to spare. “This would be better with a...

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Nothing Says “North Carolina” Like a Sweet Potato

Nothing says “North Carolina” like a sweet potato. And this week, Second Harvest Food Bank is full of them—36,000 pounds of them to be exact. Thanks to the Farm to Food Bank initiative of the North Carolina Association of Feeding America Food Banks and to the NC General Assembly for funding, we are able to offer these nutritious root veggies to our partner network. The NC Department of Agriculture transported these seemingly endless boxes of sweet potatoes to Second Harvest earlier this week, straight from North Carolina farms. More than 1.8 million North Carolinians lack sufficient nutritious fresh food,...

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“Imagine having to buy food after all of that.” Why rent burdened families are often food insecure.

Why are families in Northwest North Carolina food insecure? To understand food insecurity and where it comes from, it is helpful to look at other issues that we know are also impacting already tight family budgets. We reached out to Brett Byerly, the Executive Director of Greensboro Housing Coalition (GHC), a referral, informational and advocacy non profit organization in Guilford County to dive deeper into issues related to local family’s budgets and bottom lines. The following is what he had to say: The Department of Housing and Urban Development says that a household should spend no more than 30%...

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