Month: August 2017

Better Boys & Brandywines: Second Harvest Partners with a Stokes County Farmers’ Market to Help Low Income Families Access Healthy Food

Better boy. Green Zebra. Cherokee Purple. Brandywine. The air at King’s Farmers’ Market has a distinct and warm vegetable smell. Vendors are selling yellow squash, zucchini, eggplant and, yes, tomatoes: the vegetables of late summer. “How many people are in your household?” asks Sonsera Kiger, Second Harvest’s Food and Nutrition Services Outreach Coordinator. “Well, it is me and my three children, and right now I have my grandson with me,” a woman says, gesturing to the infant she is bouncing on her knee and trying to keep shaded from the hot sun. “And I am disabled,” she adds. Second...

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From Albermarle to Zebulon: North Carolina Farmers Markets Accept SNAP Benefits.

Freshly picked, in-season produce is at its peak in flavor and nutrition and that is one of the many reasons why North Carolinians shop at farmers’ markets in our state. To find in-season produce click here. North Carolina farmers’ markets are not only a great source of fresh fruits, vegetables, and other healthy food, they are also a wonderful way to support local farmers and the local economy. Through recent efforts both locally and nationally, more and more farmers’ markets are accepting SNAP benefits (also known as food stamps), increasing food insecure families’ access to nutritious foods while creating...

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Let’s Get This Conversation Going: Feeding People, the Farm Bill, and North Carolina

Congress is home for summer recess and it is a great time to engage with our local representatives 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, often 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! Check out Second Harvest Food Banks Legislative Priorities...

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8 Ways Food Stamps Support North Carolina

The Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (commonly known as “food stamps”) not only helps families in need, but also supports North Carolina as a whole community in many ways. 1. SNAP Supports Kids: Nearly 43% of North Carolinians enrolled in SNAP are children. Over 663,000 kids in our state get essential nutrition necessary for their physical, emotional and mental growth through this program. 2. SNAP Supports Seniors and People Living with a Disability: Nearly 20% of North Carolinians receiving SNAP are elderly or disabled. 151,000 North Carolina seniors and 154,000 non-elderly disabled people can eat better for their health because...

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“Triad Community Kitchen was the new chapter of my story.”

Amber Castillo spent the first half of her life in and out of prison for selling drugs. It seemed that whenever she was released, she would go right back to her old, bad habits. While in prison at the end of 2012, Amber told herself: “this has got to stop.” Four months later, Amber was working with Forsyth Technical Community College in Winston-Salem, NC, to find the right educational program for her. That is how she discovered Second Harvest Food Bank’s Triad Community Kitchen program. When we asked her why she decided to enroll, she said, “I thought it...

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