Month: November 2017

Holiday Food Drives

To say they can set up this tent in the dark is not an analogy: it is literally what food bankers Joe Kilar and Michael Berry do with some frequency. Long before many of us are awake, they are unloading boxes, setting up tents, and, at this time of the year, trying to stay warm. It is Holiday Food Drive Season, when food bankers work with our wonderful supporters at WXII 12 News to harness the good will of our communities and collect much-needed food and funds for our work. Donations make up about three quarters of the total...

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Bearing witness to the great generosity and kindness of our communities.

They are painting flowers. They are painting their favorite foods. They are painting trees and peace symbols and mandalas and cherry blossoms. The Rockingham County Middle School cafeteria is surprisingly quiet as about 60 children from Students of Success (SOS) concentrate on painting pottery bowls. SOS Coordinator Mary Martin has invited these kids here to help paint bowls for Second Harvest’s annual Empty Bowls. “We are in the business of giving back,” she explains. Mary is clearly a community matchmaker. Along with the students, she has brought in volunteers from Beulah Baptist Church, Sharon Baptist Church and Red Hat...

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“Hunger is UNACCEPTABLE”

“Unacceptable.” That’s what Joyce Kohfeldt thought to herself when she learned how many children in Northwest North Carolina go hungry. “This is unacceptable,” she told Daisy Rodriguez, Director of Childhood Hunger Programs, when she called Second Harvest Food Bank to ask what she could do. “Childhood hunger is unacceptable,” she told her pastor at Epiphany Lutheran in Winston-Salem when she asked for the church’s support to start a backpack program at a local school. A retired educator, school administrator and small business owner, Joyce’s passion has always been helping to make sure children have what they need to learn...

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Feeding Fresh: Tyson Foods makes a lead gift to help increase Second Harvest produce distribution

Yesterday, the Tyson Foods team traveled all the way from Wilkesboro to Winston-Salem in order to lend a hand to process the donations that are rolling in here at Second Harvest from our holiday food drives! While the Tyson team was sorting dry food items yesterday, there’s an exciting plan to make some big, transformational changes to the very space they were working in… and they are helping to make that change possible. Last year, Second Harvest moved 2.8 million pounds of produce through our warehouses and out to families and communities where it is needed most. We believe...

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“Tell me how far you can stretch that?” Veteran and Poet Lavinia Jackson Asks the Hard Questions.

This Veterans Day, we are each thinking of the veterans who have given so much to our great state and great nation. Unfortunately, too many veterans face poverty and food insecurity. Lavinia Jackson, a veteran advocate and poet based out of the Triad, issues this important reminder of difficult journey faced by many veterans and of our deep responsibility to serve those who served us. Veterans, no matter the branch, all begin with basic training. We take an oath and spend weeks learning skills. More than road marches and cadences, we learn to depend. We expect order. We aren’t...

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