Month: September 2018

Steve: The Face of Hunger

Second Harvest Food Bank of Northwest NC is in the midst of a major project: onboarding all of our partner agencies to a new data tracking system called Service Insights. Through this process, we are able to collect more information about the lives of those we serve so that we can more effectively and efficiently work with them. The data we are receiving is great, but nothing can take the place of being able to feel the experiences of those being served. Our Director of Agency Relations, Nikki McCormick, has assisted at several pantry onboarding sessions and shares her...

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Recipes for Oktoberfest (Don’t tell, but they are healthy)

Fall is in the air! (We hope!) Second Harvest’s Nutrition Team is busy traveling through the 18 counties that we serve, leading cooking demonstrations and classes, and sharing healthy, low-cost food and recipes to our community. Here are some of the recipes they are working with this fall! Stuffed Summer Squash Makes 4 servings. Ingredients 2 summer squash 3 cups cooked brown rice 1 cup diced tomatoes 1 cup squash pulp (from summer squash listed above) 1 cup white beans, drained and rinsed 1 tablespoon fresh basil 4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese Directions 1. Wash and cut the squash in...

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Right Time. Right Place: Second Harvest Food Bank opens a new restaurant

Labrone Faulks has his chef’s jacket nonchalantly draped over his shoulder as he comes into Providence Kitchen. The space is loud with drills and hammers as workers install kitchen equipment and put up final touches around the restaurant. Labrone watches a worker level a sign before securing it into place. “This has all come together at the right time,” he says, smiling. He’s got a sense that this is how things ultimately tend to work. “Some big things had changed in my life. I had been digging holes working construction for years but felt done with that work, and...

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Prepared: Second Harvest and Disaster Response

***Update: 9/17/18*** USDA Provides Additional Food Options to SNAP Participants Impacted by Hurricane Florence SNAP participants may use benefits to purchase hot and prepared foods and receive additional time to report food losses. Details here: For more information on FNS assistance during times of disaster, visit www.fns.usda.gov/disaster. North Carolina residents may also call 211 for information about hurricane relief and assistance resources. ***Update: 9/13/18*** Here are useful links: North Carolina Shelter Locations North Carolina Road Conditions North Carolina County Emergency Management Agencies ***Update: 9/12/18*** Our Providence Culinary Training students and staff are working to make ready-to-heat meals to be...

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5 Things You Can Do Before Lunch for Hunger Action Month

1. Create Empathy. Help others around you think about hunger in our communities. Join Second Harvest’s Hunger Action Month Social Campaign by posting a picture on Facebook or Instagram and tagging us. Learn more about this campaign here. 2. Get Involved. Choose a day and invite your friends to join you volunteering at Second Harvest. Learn more about volunteering here. 3. Give us your vote. Support our work by voting for Second Harvest in the Winston-Salem Readers Choice Awards here. 4. Advocate for others. Set a reminder in your phone about the National Farm Bill Call In Day this...

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