Month: June 2017

Because We All Eat

Our strategic planning process has resulted in the creation of a comprehensive plan to guide our food bank into the future. We’ve updated our vision and mission statements to reflect the duality of meeting the immediate need for food assistance while working to engage the communities we serve in addressing the root causes of hunger. Accordingly, this is a particularly appropriate time to reiterate Second Harvest Food Bank’s longstanding approach to the important work of feeding our community. We North Carolinians are as diverse as our state’s great landscape: we are different in our cultures, in our faiths, and...

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Summer Meals Matter

It is summertime and that means picnics and mountain lake swimming, bar-b-ques and the beach. However, for too many North Carolina families the long days of summer can also mean hunger. During the academic year, the majority of North Carolina kids income-qualify for free or reduced priced lunches at school. But when school gets out for summer, those meals go away. Second Harvest and our partners are working hard to fill the summer meal gap and our efforts are already underway: In Surry County, children are playing basketball outside of Whitaker Chapel where they have just eaten a meal...

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Summer is Here! What does that mean for children where you live?

School is out for summer across Northwest North Carolina! But for too many children, when school ends, lunches end. Across the 18 counties that Second Harvest Food Bank serves, more than half of all school age children income-qualify to receive free or reduced priced meals at school. School lunches, and increasingly breakfasts, have become central and essential to our children’s diets. But across our region, only 14% of those children– the children we know are in need– are able to access free summer lunch programs. Second Harvest and our partner network are working hard to change that. What is...

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Teachers Know: Nutrition Matters

Small hands and feet move rapidly around Mr. Jenkin’s 3rd grade classroom as children hang up their backpacks and shove curled edge workbooks into their cubbies. Mr. Jenkins is hurrying them along, ducking and weaving between papier-mâché planets hanging from the ceiling. Neptune has fallen and he places it on top of a file cabinet. On a table near the door sits a large, red insulated cooler. Children reach inside to pick up small cartons of milk and strawberry yogurt. Sitting in small chairs around a big round table, they eat the school-provided breakfast, making plans for playing basketball...

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“Summertime can feel so impossible. I’ve learned that it is okay to ask for help.”

Trenton, like all kids, loves summertime. He loves to ride bikes with his friends, he loves his “summertime” bedtime (9 PM instead of 8:30 PM). He loves to stomp in the small creek that runs on the edge of their neighborhood, using sticks and stones to create dams and redirect the thin flow of water. He loves to draw on the street in front of their house with chalk. But for his mother, Trisha, summertime is a difficult time to navigate. A home health aide, Trisha keeps running calculations of their expenditures, dollar for dollar, on the back of...

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