Month: September 2017

Seeing Waste, Creating Abundance: Community Cupboard Thrives in High Point

Nearly 40% of the food grown in the United States every year is wasted. That’s a lot of food being thrown into landfills, creating methane gas and other environmental hazards. Furthermore, that’s a lot of perfectly good food that many families right here in Northwest North Carolina could use. At the same time that all this food is being wasted, recent studies show that hunger in Northwest North Carolina remains persistently high. This is especially true for families who live in food deserts. A food desert is an area, especially one with low-income residents, that has limited access to...

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The Outcomes Are Clear: Advocating for TEFAP and SNAP

“Their doors would close.” This is what Susan Cox said would happen to hundreds of food assistance programs if TEFAP (The Emergency Food Assistance Program) decreased. Cox should know: not only does she serve on the Second Harvest Food Bank Board of Directors and as the Chair of the Second Harvest Agency Advisory Council, but she sees the important impact of TEFAP everyday in her own program, One Step Further in Guilford County. The food provided to Second Harvest Food Bank and One Step Further through the TEFAP program is nutritious and staple: “Instead of being filled with empty...

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We Couldn’t Do It Without Our Volunteers

This past week we celebrated our volunteers at Second Harvest’s Annual Volunteer Dinner. And it got us thinking about everything volunteers do to feed community with us. We get a lot done at Second Harvest. You all know this because you see it: our facilities are busy. Forklifts zip around, pallets of food get lifted onto trucks, vegetables go in and out of the coolers. This past year alone we distributed nearly 36 million pounds of food. And we couldn’t do it without our volunteers. It goes without saying that volunteers are the lifeblood of any good nonprofit, and...

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School Pantries and Fresh Veggies, Snacks and Backpacks: Solutions for Davidson County

“Bye Trenton! See ya’ Myra!” Liberty Drive Elementary School’s halls are buzzing with excitement as the bell rings and another school day draws to an end. Shaylen Brown’s cheerful voice rings out over the children’s heads as they head towards their buses. A mother of four and a former front office employee, Ms. Brown is a familiar and kind face in these hallways, positioning her perfectly for her new role as Student Support Specialist with Communities in Schools (CIS), an on-the-ground partner agency of Second Harvest. When she ducks into a classroom in the morning to “borrow” a student,...

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Ready, Set: Food Banks Respond to Disaster

The recipe says it makes 1,500 servings and this wasn’t part of the planned curriculum. They have been here since 6 AM. Boiling chicken and pulling the meat off the bone. These four Triad Community Kitchen culinary students are only in their 4th week of the program, but they are getting a crash course in disaster response. Today, students and staff at Second Harvest’s Triad Community Kitchen are preparing ready-to-heat meals in preparation of Hurricane Irma. Salvation Army of Great Winston-Salem, one of our partner programs, is on standby to deploy a response unit to aid families impacted by...

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