Month: December 2017

Finding Purpose: TCK Grad Michael Lewis Navigated Against the Odds to Fulfill a Dream

Michael Lewis admits his work ethic was not the strongest when he was a dishwasher. Dishwashing is, you can imagine, a very tedious job. He would call out of work often, and says he nearly lost that position. It just didn’t feel like something he wanted to do. It didn’t feel important. He couldn’t see how dishes was a path to a future he wanted to have. But a chef at the restaurant where he was washing dishes pointed out how vital dishwashing was to a successful kitchen: without the clean dishes the entire operation would grind to a...

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Year in Review: Feeding Futures

“I hope you tell all the other kids about it.” That’s what a young boy said to the volunteers at the food pantry located in his school. He had come to the pantry the night before with his family and, he explained, he and his brother both got their own piece of meat on their plates for dinner that night. The volunteers assured him they would. At Second Harvest Food Bank, we believe that every child in Northwest North Carolina should have enough to eat— every meal, every day. That is why our Childhood Hunger Programs team works to...

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Feeding the Carolinas, Together.

Across the Carolinas, there are 2.6 million people living in poverty. 2.6 million people. Early in the morning, a convoy of ten tractor trailers filled with produce, meat, dairy and staple goods left Hendrick Motorsports in Charlotte, headed to the 10 regional food banks of North and South Carolina, including Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina. This compassionate show of support comes as 10 regional food banks of North Carolina and South Carolina have united to form FEEDING THE CAROLINAS– a new association with a vision of “feeding more people better food” across all 146 counties in...

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5 Ways to Give Back this Holiday

The holidays are busy, busy, busy. Between your parties, family visits, and being stuck in traffic while trying to find the perfect gift, it will be a new year before we know it. In all the hustle and bustle, we know it’s important to you to give back during the holiday season and reflect on community. Here are some ways that people just like you are doing that this year: 1. Set up a donation box. Some families decide to make their own food donation box to place in their home, their office, or on their front porches —...

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Reverse Advent Calendar: A full season of giving

The holidays are an expensive time for low-income families in Northwest North Carolina. With the onset of cold weather, utility bills rise and with the children out of school, additional childcare and meal costs add up. This December, so many of our supporters will be generously donating to our food drives and to our partner network. Looking for a way to keep the conversation about giving going throughout the season? Try a reverse advent calendar! The idea is a simple one: 1. Make a box or boxes and place cardboard dividers to section out the days (wine boxes work...

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