Month: June 2018

Second Harvest Food Bank’s Statement On Release of the 2018 Senate Farm Bill

Late last week, the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee released its version of the 2018 Farm Bill, which presents an opportunity for the Senate to strengthen the national commitment to reducing hunger and support agriculture. Second Harvest Food Bank applauds Committee leaders for working together to develop a bipartisan Farm Bill and avoid dramatic cuts to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP)—a program that our food bank and network of partner programs has articulated the clear need for and accounted for the successes of.  Unfortunately, however, the legislation – as currently drafted – falls far short of making necessary investments...

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“Let us be full of compassion, but hungry for mercy and justice.”

The following is an excerpt from  Dr. Mark Jensen’s Keynote Address at Set the Table, a celebration of Second Harvest’s CEO Clyde Fitzgerald on his retirement. These astute words from Dr. Jensen served as a gentle call to action, a reminder as to why it is we do the work we do.  Dr. Jensen, a professor at Wake Forest University’s School of Divinity, researches and teaches the intersections of faith, health, food systems, sustainability and community. You can learn more about him here.  A few years ago, friends in Nicaragua taught me a brief musical blessing to be sung...

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Feeding Opportunity: Jobs, Wages, and Secretary Acosta’s Visits Second Harvest

The Providence Culinary Training kitchen at Second Harvest Food Bank smelled amazing—like tomatoes and tarragon and cheese: Swiss, gruyere, parmesan. The students had just plated tomato cheese tarts and tossed the salad when Secretary R. Alexander Acosta and Representative Virginia Foxx came in. Everything looked perfect. Representative Foxx had invited the US Secretary of Labor to see how Second Harvest’s 13- week culinary training program was getting people right here in Northwest North Carolina back to work—and not only back to work, but starting career paths that can lead to family-supporting wages. Here in Northwest North Carolina—a region rich...

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