Month: December 2018

Second Harvest’s Sister Food Bank Honors Our Late Leader

“Everything was close to Clyde’s heart.” That’s what Nikki McCormick, Second Harvest’s Agency Relations Director, thought when Kay Carter of our sister food bank in Charlotte called to ask to make a special donation in honor of the late Clyde Fitzgerald, Second Harvest’s former CEO who passed away last month. It is true that Clyde had no shortage of passion for feeding people in need. Clyde had been around Second Harvest Food Bank since its inception, volunteering with his wife Carol and also serving on our Board. Clyde took the helm of the organization and led it for 10...

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Winter Wonderland: Allegacy finds a creative way to give back.

Reindeer? Check. Glowing embers of a fire? Check. Elf houses? Check. Allegacy Federal Credit Union humbly contacted Second Harvest Food Bank recently to let us know they were doing “a little holiday decorating project” at their offices that would benefit our mission of feeding families in Northwest North Carolina. What began as a simple email suggestion from Allegacy team member Heather Garcia to make the office festive for the holidays, turned into a full-scale winter wonderland. “Our goal was to bring in a few hundred dollars to donate to Second Harvest,” she explained, as she handed us a check...

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“It’s become our holiday tradition.” Second Harvest’s Truck Drivers Deliver Bicycles for Christmas

Every day, usually before the sun is even up, Second Harvest’s small fleet of 10 trucks roll out our gates and across 18 counties of Northwest North Carolina. Some set out on the highways, traveling through Greensboro and Burlington and Statesville, and some of them turn up winding roads into the mountains, traveling through Wilkesboro on their way to Jefferson or Boone. Covering an incredible 6,325 miles a week, these trucks and these roads are the cornerstone of our work. Our drivers—Jon Mashack, Greg Atwood, Wayne “Freight” Baker, Robert Branch, J. Lindsay, Malcolm Hairston, Clarence Heninger, David Hommel, and...

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Year in Review: Feeding Opportunity at Second Harvest

Hunger and food insecurity do not exist in a vacuum, but as a symptom of the larger issue of poverty. At Second Harvest, we are building lasting solutions to end hunger and poverty through Providence. Our busy and bustling Providence Culinary Training kitchen and classrooms are located in the heart of our warehouse, highlighting the connections between opportunity, health, and good food. Our work provides culinary and life skills training and opportunities to gain resume-building work experience that changes lives one recipe at a time. In 2018, we continued our work feeding opportunity for local residents. We opened Providence...

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Ben Dunlap brings tenacity and talent to the table: We provide opportunity.

Earlier this month, Ben Dunlap stood up to the microphone in front of a group of students about to graduate from Providence Culinary Training. “I’ve never made a speech before,” he humbly said. “My dad was… how do I say it? A street hustler,” he said. “He always did whatever he had to in order to provide for his family.” Ben said his father passed away recently, and now he wants to honor his father’s commitment to his family by supporting his own young family, but via a different means. Despite his incredible work ethic, Ben had been struggling...

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