Month: July 2017

Summer meal sites get kids the food they need… and want.

“Milk!” Leonard Community Recreation Center Director Linda Marsh calls a gentle reminder across the hall; she is keeping a watchful eye on the lunchline. A little girl steps back to the serving table and picks up a milk carton, balancing it on her lunch tray precariously as she walks to join her friends. There are about 50 children gathered here today at one of Second Harvest Food Bank’s summer meal sites; they are sitting in chairs around long tables chatting between bites. Today’s lunch is macaroni and cheese: “I like this type!” says a small boy enthusiastically, with his...

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Updates from the Panda Patch: An Alamance County School Feeds Futures

In a town where more than 60 percent of students attending public school live in families that qualify for the federal free and reduced-price lunch program, your support is seeding a model program for making our schools Hunger-Free Zones. In 2015, the first shoots broke through after months of planning culminated in the opening of the Panda School Pantry –a partnership between South Graham Elementary School, DreamAlign Ministries and Second Harvest Food Bank. Now any school family that needs it can obtain help with groceries, including fresh produce and dairy items, meats and more. Then, in the spring of...

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Nutritious Food for Families Facing Hunger Starts with a Strong Farm Bill

Congress is about to leave Washington, D.C. for summer recess and it is a great time to engage with them as they continue their work to re-authorize the farm bill, the major federal agriculture and nutrition legislation. The farm bill contains important nutrition programs like the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP, sometimes called Food Stamps) and The Emergency Food Assistance Program (TEFAP). The farm bill gets reauthorized every 5 years. The current farm bill expires in September of 2018. NOW is the time to make sure our priorities for the bill are heard. SNAP is the largest anti-hunger program...

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Mise-en-place: Triad Community Kitchen graduate Jacques Moore finds his place.

Jacques Moore, a graduate of Second Harvest’s Triad Community Kitchen program, has always had a passion for cooking. He was 8 years old when his grandma taught him how to make cookies for the first time. Ever since, he has enjoyed sharing his love of cooking with his friends and family. After working as a shoe buyer at Nordstrom for some time, Jacques started attending culinary classes at the Institute of Culinary Education in New York, doing a steward program. In the midst of his training there, a family emergency brought him back to North Carolina. He had to...

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