Month: January 2018

Three Ways to Help Kids at Risk of Hunger on Snow Days

School cancellations, especially when they stretch into several days in a row, can force families to choose between paying utility or medical bills and having enough food. That is because in nearly all of the counties that Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest North Carolina serves, the majority of school aged children income-qualify for free or reduced priced meals at school. And many families have already factored that help into their monthly budgets. Low income families can be hit hard during the days children are unexpectedly home from school. Not only do food costs increase, so do childcare costs:...

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Snow Days Can Mean Hungry Days

Winter in the South can be cold and muddy. So when the snow falls, blanketing the ground and blessing the tree limbs with fresh white, all our our hearts skip a beat. It is simply beautiful. But for many North Carolinian children, snow days mean hungry days. Across the 18 Northwest North Carolina counties that Second Harvest Food Bank serves, 1 in 4 children are food insecure– meaning they do not have reliable access to healthy, nutritious food to fuel their growing bodies and minds. While many of us crowded the grocery store checkout lanes last night buying bread...

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New Years Resolution: Reduce Your Food Waste

Soy and corn. Pork and poultry. Sweet potatoes. North Carolina is an agricultural state through and through. In addition to our large and well known commodities, we have an increasingly robust small farm and local foods network. We are in the land of plenty. But in all this bounty, it is estimated that 40% of food produced in the United States goes to waste. About half of our fruits and vegetables go uneaten each year. Waste is found at all levels of the food economy: from the farmers fields to processing plants to retail stores. Second Harvest works at...

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Take the Pledge: Volunteering in the New Year

Volunteers power Second Harvest Food Bank. It’s as simple as that. We could not help provide food and resources to the one in four people in our community who face hunger without the help of volunteers. Take an active role in the fight to end hunger in Northwest North Carolina and join Second Harvest Food Bank and the Feeding America network by pledging to volunteer. When you give your time to Second Harvest, you get back something amazing in return, maybe even life-changing: The feeling that you personally are helping put food into the hands of people who need...

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