Month: October 2017

Apple Wraps and Healthy Snacks: Cooking Matters for Kids

The squirming feet and wiggling hands always makes it a little unnerving to unload a plastic tub of knives and cutting boards in an elementary school classroom. But our Nutrition Services team and volunteers are now pros at presenting the knife safety portion of the Cooking Matters for Kids class, and we usually get that out of the way first. Second Harvest’s six-week Cooking Matters for Kids (a partnership with Share Our Strength) teaches children in 3rd through 5th grade how to prepare healthy meals and snacks and to make smart choices wherever they go – at school, at...

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Strengthening Families and Communities: FNS Outreach at Second Harvest

In Watauga County, a young couple is homeless, unemployed and raising a two month old infant. They were living in the woods prior to finding pace in a local shelter, and the mother nearly lost her life after a C-section and improper after-care. She has been hospitalized for nearly the entire two months her child has been alive. In Caldwell County, an older woman worked her entire career in a manufacturing plant and is now in poor health. She sees seven doctors on a regular basis, and has to decide if she can go to her appointments, or buy...

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We are here to learn from each other (and eat).

The bags of ingredients are carefully laid out for each family on a long folding table and the recipes are stapled together. Colanders stand ready to wash vegetables and the oven is preheating. 425 degrees. Ana Atwater stands in the doorway of Hinshaw United Methodist Church in Greensboro, propping the door with her foot. She warmly greets families as they arrive with a broad smile that sets the tone for the evening: “We are here to learn from each other, to enjoy in fellowship and to eat.” Half an hour later, the kitchen is alive with activity. Cutting boards...

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Second Harvest Opened 35 Years Ago (and we have been feeding community ever since)

133 billion pounds of food is wasted every year, yet 42 million Americans do not get enough nutritious food to eat to lead healthy, productive lives. It was those contrasting realities that led to an innovation dubbed “Food Banking”—the creation of non-profit regional warehouse operations prepared to solicit, inventory, inspect, store and distribute food to other non-profit agencies feeding their communities. Northwest North Carolina is an agricultural region, with farmers growing nutritious produce from the apples of Alexander County to sweet corn in Rockingham, and food retailers and distributors from Burlington all the way up to Boone. Knowing that...

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How Sweet It Is: TCK Graduate Starts Cheesecake Business

We had a hunch about Daryl “DJ” Myers as he walked up to get his Triad Community Kitchen diploma last December. We weren’t sure what it was, but we thought that he was about to make something good happen. Nine short months later, something good has happened: something very good, especially if you have a sweet tooth. DJ has launched the already successful DJ’s Cheesecakes, making and selling his homemade cheesecakes in an incredible variety of flavors. It was clear to us that a successful graduation from Triad Community Kitchen wasn’t the end of DJ’s story, but , of...

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