Month: June 2018

Farewell, but not goodbye.

Today, Second Harvest Food Bank says goodbye to CEO Clyde Fitzgerald as he packs up his office and heads out our doors toward his well-earned retirement. We are grateful for the incredible community that surrounds and supports Second Harvest and for the outpouring of love and recognition for Clyde. In recent months, Clyde has been reminded of what we already knew: He is a respected, even beloved, leader and champion of our communities. At a recent community gathering, Clyde was honored by N.C Agriculture Commissioner Steve Troxler by being acknowledged with the Ambassador of Agriculture Award. Numerous letters from...

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School is Out! (What does that mean for local children?)

It’s summertime. The kids are out of school and sprinklers are set up in the yard. Bedtime is a bit later, and homework feels like something of the past. The pools are filled with joyful kids, and their parents are slathering sunblock on their shoulders. But as any parent knows, summertime is an expensive time. The electrical bill goes way up as we try to keep our houses cool in the hot summer heat, and those trips to the pool certainly can add up. The kids also seem to grow more during the summer, and new shorts and new...

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The Possibilities Are Endless for Providence Culinary Training Graduate Charles Jarvis

Charles Jarvis cooked the entire meal for his rehearsal dinner before he married his wife, Brionne. Stuffed chicken breasts, stuffed mushrooms with rice…it took days to make all the dishes, and get it just right.   It had to be perfect: he was marrying his high school sweetheart and best friend.     He smiles broadly as he talks about that meal: “That’s when they all realised they could ask me to cook for their events, too.”   That was 10 years ago now, and what feels like a lifetime ago. Children were born, then life took a difficult...

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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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