Month: October 2017

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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Action Alert: US House Budget Vote

On July 19, 2017, the US House Budget Committee passed its FY2018 budget resolution. The House will be voting on this resolution this week. Your Representative needs to hear from you today. The resolution includes at least $203 billion in cuts to mandatory programs—many of which are critical to low-income families and to our work as a community to ensure they have the nutrition they need to thrive. Specifically, the resolution calls for $10 billion in cuts directed at agriculture, with reports suggesting those cuts would come primarily from SNAP (food stamps), with an additional $150 billion in suggested...

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