Month: September 2018

It’s Important to Be Here: Yokefellow Ministry occupies space that once had a grocery store.

Statesville, North Carolina The walls in the waiting area at Yokefellow Ministry are covered with flyers. Flyers about upcoming changes in Medicaid, a medical hotline, a list of SNAP sign-up dates, a flyer answering questions about foreclosure. A young mother bounces her baby in her lap and is pointing out colors to her. The baby is repeating them. Red. Boo. Yewwow. “Yell-ow,” corrects the mother. Another woman coos over the baby, and says she has a son the same age. “You know they have diapers here, right?” “Yes, they helped me out last month when we ran out.” Yokefellow...

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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: 10/10/18*** Several of our Second Harvest Food Bank team members will be spending time in the eastern part of the state to assist with ongoing Hurricane Florence relief activities. Members of our staff will be head in different directions to assist our sister food banks, Food Bank of Central & Eastern NC and Second Harvest Food Bank of Southeastern NC in New Bern, Southern Pines, and Fayetteville through the end of the month. ***Update: 10/1/18*** Second Harvest Food Bank is continuing to work with food banks across the storm-affected regions in North and South Carolina in a coordinated...

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